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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39520
Last updated: 8 July 2020
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Date:16-SEP-1985
Time:17:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2A
Owner/operator:Art Scholl Aviation
Registration: N13AS
C/n / msn: 2120
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Pacific Ocean, near Carlsbad, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Photo/air-to-air
Departure airport:Carlsbad, CA (CRQ)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
"AFTER COMPLETING AN UPRIGHT SPIN OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN DURING THE FILMING OF A MOVIE VIEWED FROM THE SPINNING ACFT, THE PLT CLIMBED HIS ACFT BACK TO THE ENTRY ALT AND ENTERED A FLAT INVERTED SPIN. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO SPIN THROUGH ITS RECOVERY ALT AT WHICH THE TIME PLT RADIOED ' I HAVE A PROBLEM, I HAVE A REAL PROBLEM.' NEITHER THE PLT NOR THE ACFT WERE RECOVERED."

The pilot was the renowned aerobatic pilot and aerial cameraman Art Scholl.
The movie he was taking background film for was 'Top Gun'.
It is believed that the camera equipment put the planes centre of gravity outside the allowable limits.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001214X37820
http://www.check-six.com/lib/Famous_Missing/Scholl.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
13-Jul-2010 23:42 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2013 18:03 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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