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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240777
Last updated: 1 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RS12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rans S-12 Airaile
Registration: UNREG
C/n / msn: 1290044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hillrose, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Hillrose, CO
Destination airport:Hillrose, CO
Investigating agency: NTSB
The noncertificated pilot reported that, during a local flight, he noticed an area of smoke and fire near his property. The pilot descended the airplane to about 20 ft above ground level to see what was burning, which diverted his attention from flying. The pilot "immediately" pulled up to avoid power lines, but the airplane struck the lines. The airplane then impacted the ground and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The noncertificated pilot's diverted attention while looking at a fire during low-altitude flying, which resulted in a collision with power lines.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-Sep-2020 16:54 ASN Update Bot Added

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