One of the first Cessna 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft prototypes crashed Sept. 18 during a test flight 30 miles southeast of the Cessna Aircraft Company factory in Wichita, Kan.
The aircraft crashed near a wooded area, but the pilot landed safely by parachute about 400 yards from where the SkyCatcher crashed, according to a news report by a KAKE television news team. The pilot reportedly received only minor injuries.
Witnesses told the news team that they heard a pop and saw sparks before the airplane crashed. The SkyCatcher is the company’s eagerly awaited entry into the LSA market, with nearly 1,000 on order. The aircraft, one of several built for testing, had 100 flights totaling 150 hours, according to comments made by a Cessna spokesman during a KAKE news interview. The aircraft is to be built in Shenyang, China, by Shenyang Aircraft Corp.