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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38460
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Date:12-JUL-1998
Time:10:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox Classic
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N494S
C/n / msn: C9404-0019
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Traer, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(8C6)
Destination airport:(8C6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The experimental Kitfox had departed and according to a witness, 'The Kitfox was slow and had a definite nose-up pitch. My very first thought when I saw the Kitfox was that the pilot was, for some reason, demonstrating slow flight. But almost as quickly, I recognized an impending stall was about to happen. The wings of the Kitfox were rocking back and forth and the nose was yawing. The Kitfox then stalled and collided with the BT-13 hitting the BT-13 in the front cockpit area and right wing before impacting the ground. ... The Kitfox came to rest inverted and burst into flames immediately after impact.' According to the pilot of the BT-13, 'I was being directed by [ground personnel] who was on the ground. The Kit Fox had departed on runway 17 and stalled overhead at 50-65 feet and struck my airplane. My prop slashed through the wreckage of the airplane and then slammed the Kit Fox to the ground where it exploded.' CAUSE: the failure of the pilot of the Kitfox to maintain flying speed (Vs).

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X10479


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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