On 21 December 2017, the pilot of a Gregory S. Browning Zodiac 601XL departed Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Tennessee on a flight to Wifferdill Airport, Chapmansboro, Tennessee. A short time later, witnesses in the vicinity of Chapmansboro reported hearing a loud ‘boom’ similar to a crash. The aircraft was found in an open field in an upright position with substantial damage. The pilot, the only person on board, sustained fatal injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States commenced an investigation into the occurrence.
As Australia is the State of Manufacture of the engine, the ATSB requested to be appointed as an accredited representative to the NTSB investigation in accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation. An ATSB investigator was appointed as accredited representative to the NTSB on 8 January 2018. To facilitate support to the NTSB investigation, the ATSB also initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
The NTSB has completed their investigation and the final report is available on the NTSB website.
Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the NTSB at: www.ntsb.gov
|Date:||21 December 2017||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1307 CST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Thompson's Station, Tennessee, USA|
|State:||International||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||20 December 2019||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft model||Gregory S. Browning, Zodiac 601XL|
|Type of operation||Unknown|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|
|Departure point||Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Tennessee, USA|
|Destination||Wifferdill Airport, Chapmansboro, Tennessee, USA|