On June 20, 2008, at 1700 central daylight time, a Southern Powered Parachutes Condor experimental light sport airplane, N3150U, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering near the North Central Missouri Regional Airport (MO8), Brookfield, Missouri. The airline transport pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. The powered parachute was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The local flight departed MO8 at 1620. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
During a telephone interview with the NTSB investigator, the pilot stated that in the days preceding the flight, he read the operations manual for the aircraft. The pilot had no previous experience in powered parachutes and was going to become familiar with the airplane in order to eventually conduct flight training with the new owner.
The pilot and owner conducted a preflight of the aircraft and no anomalies were noted. The takeoff was normal and he climbed the aircraft to 500 feet above ground level (agl). At 500 feet agl, the aircraft encountered strong winds and the pilot elected to descend to a lower altitude as the surface winds were light and variable. The pilot stated the 15 to 20 minute flight was a "good flight." While in the traffic pattern, the pilot executed shallow bank turns and a slow descent. During straight and level flight approximately 100 feet agl, the pilot experienced a loss of altitude and it felt as though the parachute folded in half. The pilot applied engine power; however, the aircraft impacted terrain. During the impact, the aircraft's left main landing gear struck terrain and the aircraft rolled over onto it's right side.
Examination of the aircraft revealed the fuselage tubes were bent, and the parachute was destroyed after contact with the propeller. No evidence of pre-impact anomalies were noted with the aircraft systems.