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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45506
Last updated: 6 July 2020
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Date:03-JUL-2002
Time:18:30 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: Unregistered
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Sprakers, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sprakers, NY
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
After recently finishing the airplane, the pilot conducted some taxi tests, made some modifications to the airplane, and then flew it for the first time. The pilot completed four right traffic patterns, the airplane was unstable during the flight, and the pilot had trouble landing the airplane. The pilot tightened the engine mounts, and then flew the airplane for a second time.

Stability improved on the second flight, and once again, the pilot executed right traffic. On the pilot's forth landing attempt, the airplane bounced four times, engine noise increased, and the airplane entered a "very aggressive climb." Pitch angle then reduced to about 10 to 15 degrees, and the airplane turned left crosswind about 300 feet agl. The airplane continued to climb at a "very slow airspeed, and "entered a left bank". Bank angle increased to 60 degrees, and the airplane entered a left spin before impacting the ground.

The wind was from the west at 10 to 15 knots. The pilot never held a pilot rating, and had approximately 200 hours of flight experience in ultralight airplanes.

CAUSE: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control. A factor in the accident was the pilot's lack of experience in category of aircraft.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: NYC02LA129 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?_ev_id=20020722X01177&ntsbno=NYC02LA129&akey=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
26-Jul-2016 13:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative]

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