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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41275
Last updated: 21 June 2020
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Date:24-AUG-1997
Time:14:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic WACF model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
WACO Classic Aircraft YMF-5
Owner/operator:Bunting Dusting
Registration: N68SH
C/n / msn: 553043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Ocean City, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ocean City, MD (N80)
Destination airport:Ocean City, MD (N80)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot with two passengers departed the airport and flew the standard departure pattern for a sightseeing flight of the beach area. Once at the shoreline, the airplane turned left and flew northbound. The airplane caught one witness's attention because it was doing 'climbing turns and descents' as it transited along the coast line. Thinking the pilot was warming up for aerobatics, the witness continued to watch. About 1/4 mile north of his position, the airplane continued to climb and descended about 200-300 feet without any change in the engine RPM. Thinking that the pilot was about to do a loop, the witness watched as the nose raised up, but instead of continuing over and completing the loop, the airplane went vertical. At the top of the climb, the airplane entered a spin to the right. It completed three complete turns and the revolutions stopped just prior to impacting the water in approximately 45 degrees nose down attitude. No mechanical malfunctions were found either with the engine or airframe.

CAUSE: The pilot performed an aerobatic maneuver at a low altitude, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X08648


Images:


Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) - 9th February 1994

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]
10-Feb-2020 09:41 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
10-Feb-2020 09:42 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Destination airport]
10-Feb-2020 09:43 harro Updated [Narrative]

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