Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Cessna L-19E, N4583S: Accident occurred March 24, 2022 in Sunflower, Mississippi

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Location: Sunflower, Mississippi
Accident Number: CEN22LA178
Date and Time: March 24, 2022, 10:00 Local
Registration: N4583S
Aircraft: Cessna L-19E 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 24, 2022, about 1000 central daylight time, a Cessna L-19E airplane, N4583S, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Sunflower, Mississippi. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he planned a 1-hour flight to verify airplane performance, systems, and navigation equipment, in preparation for a long cross-country flight the following day. A majority of the accident flight, he operated the airplane with the fuel selector in the main tank position. While transitioning to his destination airport, about 500 ft above ground level (agl), he switched the fuel selector to the auxiliary fuel tank. About 2 minutes later, the engine “missed much like if the [magnetos] were switched off then immediately back on.” He then turned on the boost pump and switched the fuel selector back to the main fuel tank. Shortly thereafter, the engine lost total power. The pilot’s attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful.

Unable to make the destination airport, the pilot executed a forced landing to a harvested corn field. Concerned that the airplane would land past the field and travel into deep drainage ditches adjacent to the airport, about 10 ft agl, the pilot did “a full stall landing followed by a roll out.” The main landing gear sunk into the soft terrain, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder, vertical stabilizer, and both wings (see Figure 1.).

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a FAA inspector revealed the main and auxiliary fuel tanks contained about ½ fuel in each tank. The fuel system was intact, and the fuel boost pump functioned normally when powered. The airplane was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4583S
Model/Series: L-19E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 10:00 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sunflower, MS 
Destination: Sunflower, MS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.535473,-90.539928 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed in a field. 

Date: 24-MAR-22
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N4583S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: L-19E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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