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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45209
Last updated: 5 December 2020
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Date:31-MAY-2003
Time:07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N111BM
C/n / msn: S97120130
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Jerome, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cottonwood, AZ (P52)
Destination airport:Jerome, AZ
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The amateur-built, experimental single-engine airplane collided with terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering. According to a witness, the airplane was flying low and slow, about 200 to 300 feet above ground level below a canyon ridge line. It flew up the canyon, and as it approached rising terrain, engine power was increased. The airplane attempted to climb above the canyon, then "winged over" and dived, nose first, into the mountainside. A post accident examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of pre-impact anomalies to the airframe or engine.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance/altitude from rising terrain, and his failure to maintain control of the airplane while maneuvering, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent and in-flight collision with terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20030605X00793&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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