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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138607
Last updated: 3 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2B
Registration: N46BT
C/n / msn: 5245
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sessums Drive, near Redlands Municipal Airport - KREI, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Redlands, CA (REI)
Destination airport:Redlands, CA (REI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the airplane stalled while maneuvering at a low altitude. He attempted to recover from the stall; however, the airplane continued to descend and subsequently collided with terrain. First responders to the accident site reported that they noted an odor of alcohol when they spoke to the pilot at the accident site. About one hour after the accident, a blood sample from the pilot was secured and later tested for alcohol intoxicants. The test results showed that the pilotís blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .04 percent. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, effects of a BAC of .04 percent can include decreased attention, impaired judgment, and increased reaction time. The pilot later reported that he had consumed alcohol prior to the accident flight. The pilot also reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís impairment from alcohol.


FAA register:,0,2120490.story (photo)

Revision history:

19-Sep-2011 21:56 Geno Added
19-Sep-2011 23:25 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
20-Sep-2011 04:21 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
01-Oct-2011 01:15 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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