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Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, N619AC: Accident occurred May 15, 2022 in Monroe, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Raider Aviation LLC

Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Accident Number: CEN22LA202
Date and Time: May 15, 2022, 13:20 Local 
Registration: N619AC
Aircraft: Cessna 421C
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 15, 2022, about 1320 central daylight time, a Cessna 421C, N619AC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Monroe, Louisiana. The pilot and five passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that immediately after departure from Morehouse Memorial Airport (BQP), Bastrop, Louisiana, he heard a loud pop and the control yoke oscillated violently. He declared an emergency and proceeded to Monroe Regional Airport (MLU), Monroe, Louisiana, about 16 miles southwest, for a longer runway and emergency services. The control yoke continued to oscillate until the airplane was on final approach about 3 miles from MLU. The pilot landed the airplane without further incident.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the right elevator had mostly separated from the horizontal stabilizer. There was a small puncture on the right side of the elevator. A small inboard, forward portion of the elevator remained attached.

The elevator trim push rod remained attached to the trim actuator; however, there was no bolt, nut, or cotter pin attached to the aft fork connection and the trim tab was missing. The pushrod did not exhibit any preaccident damage or anomalies. The remainder of right elevator and trim tab have not been recovered.

A review of the airplane’s maintenance logbooks revealed that the elevator trim system was rerigged on May 13, 2022.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N619AC
Model/Series: 421C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KMLU,73 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Bastrop, LA (BQP)
Destination: Marianna, FL (MAI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 5 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.58605,-91.931094

Aircraft declared an emergency and diverted to Monroe Regional Airport (KMLU) due to flight control vibrations, landed and post flight inspection revealed elevator had departed the aircraft. 

Date: 15-MAY-22
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N619AC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 421
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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