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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45173
Last updated: 4 August 2020
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Date:30-JUN-2003
Time:15:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic L39 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero L-39C Albatros
Owner/operator:Elmo Eugene Hahn III
Registration: N8125R
C/n / msn: 332449
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Gadsden, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Gadsden, AL (KGAD)
Destination airport:Muskegon, MI (KMKG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The flight was departing with heavy rain and thunderstorms in the vicinity. During takeoff roll, a witness observed debris in the air around the airplane as soon as it lifted off the runway, then heard two "thump" noises from the engine followed by engine whining. The airplane continued airborne, then veered left and descended. The airplane rolled approximately 90 degrees, and the pilot ejected. Objects that had been stowed in the nose compartment of the airplane were found on the runway near the point where the airplane rotated. The left access panel for the nose compartment was found separated from the airframe with the upper hinges absent. The left panel displayed fire damage and extensive crush deformation with the fasteners on the panel lower edge attached. The right access panel for the nose compartment was found attached at the upper hinges to the upper nose compartment structure. The right panel and nose compartment structure displayed no fire damage and exhibited minor bending deformation and scratches in the paint. The fasteners on the right panel lower edge were absent. According to a chart published by Czech Jet, for single-seat ejection from the aircraft, the lowest minimum altitude for ejection with 90 degrees of bank is approximately 1,100 feet above the ground, and the lowest minimum altitude for ejection with zero degrees of bank is less than zero feet above the ground.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power during takeoff due to foreign object damage, which resulted in an in-flight collision with terrain during forced landing. Factors were the pilot's inadequate preflight inspection of the airplane, his failure to secure the cargo/baggage door, and his failure to maintain control of the airplane prior to ejecting from the airplane.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20030707X01027&key=1
FAA register: 2. http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=8125R


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
02-Dec-2014 21:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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