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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140546
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Date:05-MAY-1984
Time:15:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2A
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VR-HIZ
C/n / msn: 2238
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Port Shelter -   Hong Kong
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sek Kong
Destination airport:
Narrative:
During a local flight, VR-HIZ was seen conducting aerobatic manoeuvres over the sea. After two low level circuits of a boat, the aircraft started a vertical or near vertical climb. On achieving a height of approximately 400-500 feet, it entered into a dive. The steep flight path did not begin to flatten out until just above the sea surface and the aircraft hit the water at a pitch attitude of 24 nose down while pulling out. The pilot was killed on impact.
The cause of the accident could not be determined. A contributory factor was that the pilot started a vertical or near vertical manoeuvre at a height which allowed inadequate margin for error. It is possible that engine stoppage and pilot misjudgment were also contributory factors In the accident but they could not be positively established.

Sources:

http://ebook.lib.hku.hk/HKG/B35833889.pdf


Revision history:

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25-Dec-2011 13:22 harro Added

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