August 4, 2011, Reedsburg, Wis., Challenger II Experimental


At about 1115 Central time, the airplane impacted terrain shortly after takeoff. The two occupants received fatal injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual conditions prevailed.

Several witnesses reported the airplane reaching about 300 feet before the left wing dropped and the airplane spun down, impacting the ground near-vertically. The airplane’s ballistic parachute system was activated but too low to the ground to fully deploy.


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