ANN REALTIME Update: 04.04.06, 1932
EDT: ANN talked to Karl Koeppen of Sean's
Contrails Group, this evening, who confirmed much of the details we
got in bits and pieces... and summarized the days' events.
"Tucker parachuted from his aerobatic biplane on Tuesday,
April 4, 2006 at 10:45am CDT over the I Hope Plantation farm south
of Coushatta, LA. Tucker's biplane suffered a mechanical failure in
the elevator control linkage during a practice flight in the
aerobatic box at the Coushatta airport.
Following the mechanical failure, Tucker was able to climb
the aircraft safely to an altitude of 8,000' using a backup
elevator trim handle located in the cockpit. During this time
Tucker was in radio contact with his crew on the ground and a
suitable location was found to conduct a safe bailout that would
minimize any chance of personal or property damage on the
Tucker bailed out and landed safely. The biplane
impacted near the center of I Hope Plantation, approximately one
mile from the nearest road which had been closed to vehicle traffic
as a further precaution."
ANN will be talking to Sean in the next day or two and
expects to offer both a written as well as audio update on this
amazing story. One thing we thought amusing , though, in
addition to the disappointment of losing the airplane, Sean is
apparently unhappy with the fact that he "didn't 'stick' the
Hey Sean... any landing you can walk away from...
ANN REALTIME Update:
04.04.06, 1532 EDT: It appears that the control
malfunction that downed Sean Tucker's beloved biplane was a broken
control linkage. According to a number of reports, a linkage
attached to Sean's control stick broke shortly after takeoff from
the Red River Regional Airport and required some fancy flying to
keep it in the air, and to nurse it to a safe altitude and area
while he attempted to diagnose the problem and the chances for a
Upon determining that a safe landing was not possible (and
let's face it, if anyone could have, Sean is the guy), Sean
maneuvered over unpopulated territory and exited the aircraft.,
Despite getting hung up temporarily on the tail, Sean freed himself
and managed a controlled deployment and safe landing using a
Para-Phernalia emergency parachute.
Initial Report, 04.04.06, 1251 EDT: Details are
somewhat sketchy for the moment, but ANN has confirmed that
Aerobatic Pilot Sean D. Tucker had to bail out of his 'Oracle
Challenger' biplane today.
The aircraft was being used in a practice session when a control
malfunction occurred requiring some 15 minutes of trouble-shooting
before Sean was forced to leave the aircraft at a reported 8000
The aircraft went down over Coushatta, some 40 nm South
of Shreveport, Louisiana and impacted in an open field after
Sean deliberately chose an area likely to produce no hazards to
anyone. The accident occurred at 1045 local time, the aircraft is
pretty much destroyed, and most important of all -- Sean
landed with no injuries.
While Sean was scheduled to perform in Lakeland this weekend,
there is no word on the future status of his airshow schedule.
ANN will have more info when it becomes available.