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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71489
Last updated: 22 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic quad model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Quad City Challenger II
Registration: unreg.
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Airport Manatee (48X), Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Palmetto-Airport Manatee (48X), FL
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On January 14, 2010, about 1430 eastern standard time, an unregistered, amateur-built experimental light sport aircraft, Quad City Challenger II, impacted the ground near Airport Manatee (48X), Palmetto, Florida. The student pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged by impact forces and a post crash fire. The flight was operated as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

According to the owner of the unregistered airplane and several eyewitnesses, the pilot was contemplating purchasing the airplane and was going to taxi the airplane around the airport. The owner reported to the NTSB investigator in a phone interview that the accident pilot owned an airplane and they talked about trading airplanes. He heard the engine of the airplane "revving" and then observed the airplane "going in a circle." After the airplane went behind a row of trees he heard the engine surge followed by observing rising smoke from the area. One eyewitness heard the owner inform the pilot "not to go up because of the wind." A short time later, the witness heard the airplane's engine "rev up" and then saw the airplane climb out and turn in order to remain in the airport traffic pattern. He watched the airplane on the downwind leg make a turn as if toward the airport; however, the airplane appeared to have a "fairly steep bank." He then heard the engine "rev up" and then become quiet. Another eyewitness located south of the airport observed the airplane from behind and reported that the "wings were perpendicular to the ground," then the nose of the airplane "did a quick dive." The eyewitness lost sight of the airplane behind some trees, and then saw smoke.



Photo: NTSB

Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

15-Jan-2010 04:29 slowkid Added
20-Feb-2011 07:29 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 16:19 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo, ]

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