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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39058
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Date:14-JUN-1994
Time:15:28
Type:Silhouette image of generic MUS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bushby Mustang II
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N49YP
C/n / msn: M-II-769
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Churchtown, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Parkersburg, WV (PKB)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE AIRPLANE WAS OBSERVED ENTERING AN AEROBATIC MANEUVER SIMILAR TO A TAIL SLIDE. DURING THE MANEUVERING, AN IN-FLIGHT BREAKUP OF THE AIRPLANE OCCURRED. PIECES OF THE AIRPLANE WERE FOUND OVER AN 1800' AREA. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE CANOPY HAD SHATTERED; THE RIGHT HORIZONTAL STABILIZER, RIGHT ELEVATOR, LEFT AILERON, CANOPY FRAME & PASSENGER'S BODY HAD SEPARATED FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF DOWNWARD DEFORMATION ON THE SEPARATED STABILIZER & ELEVATOR. ALSO, EVIDENCE OF A PREEXISTING CRACK WAS FOUND IN THE CANOPY LATCH MECHANISM, BUT THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT DETERMINE WHETHER THE LATCH HAD FAILED BEFORE OR AFTER THE IN-FLIGHT BREAKUP HAD BEGUN. THE AIRPLANE KIT MANUFACTURER DISCOURAGED TAIL SLIDES. CAUSE: THE PILOT'S PERFORMANCE OF A MANEUVER THAT EXCEEDED THE DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF THE AIRPLANE.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X01461


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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