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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133956
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Date:27-APR-1996
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2A
Owner/operator:Rock Hill Aviation
Registration: N8040
C/n / msn: 2083
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Reidsville, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:NC14
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On April 27, 1996, about 1500 eastern daylight time, an Aerotek Pitts S-2A, N8040 , registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91, other work use, local flight, and crashed in the vicinity of Reidsville, North Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed, and the commercial pilot received minor injuries.

According to the pilot, "[the] accident occurred immediately after inverted ribbon cut." After cutting the ribbon the flight continued to descend and struck the runway still inverted. The airplane slid off the left side of the runway into the grass, and caught fire as the pilot exited.

An FAA Inspector witnessed the accident and stated, "while monitoring the airshow...I observed the Pitts S2A...perform an inverted ribbon cut maneuver along Runway 13...after cutting through the ribbon, the aircraft continued its descent and contacted the runway surface while inverted."

An examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any discrepancies, and the pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot failed to maintain control of the airplane while performing an acrobatic maneuver.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001208X05644


Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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