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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135290
Last updated: 26 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox 3
Registration: N5278U
C/n / msn: 796
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Little Rock, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Little Rock, AR
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
While the pilot taxied the airplane at the private grass airstrip, the homebuilt airplane inadvertently became airborne. After becoming airborne, "apparently due to a gust of wind," the airplane "appeared to be flying just above the stall speed" approximately 100-200 feet agl. Beyond the east end of the departure runway, the airplane circled left and then back toward the runway. As the airplane flew over the tree line adjacent to the runway, the "wing stalled and the airplane spun " to the ground. The 3,500 hour pilot had zero flight time in the make and model of the accident airplane. Flight control continuity was confirmed. No pre-impact discrepancies were found.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during an intentional taxi resulting in the inadvertent lift-off of the airplane and subsequent inadvertent stall. Contributing factors were the pilot's lack of total experience in the make and model of aircraft, and the wind.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 17:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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