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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65189
Last updated: 29 July 2020
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Date:23-MAY-2009
Time:07:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
SkyStar Kitfox Series 5 Outback
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N781VP
C/n / msn: S9701-0203
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Apple Valley, California -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Apple Valley, CA (APV)
Destination airport:Apple Valley, CA (APV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Witnesses observed the accident airplane flying low, about 200 to 300 feet above the ground, when it banked sharply to the left, stalled, and then began to spin prior to impacting the ground. Due to the airplane damage, Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who responded to the accident site were not able to determine if there were any mechanical problems prior to impact. According to a pilot/mechanic who performed the annual inspection on the airplane about a month prior to the accident, he had several conversations with the accident pilot regarding the pilot's unease about flying alone since he had not flown the airplane for some time. The pilot's spouse reported that she knew of no known medical problems with her husband. She also said that he had not flown the airplane since the last annual inspection.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of aircraft control for undetermined reasons while maneuvering at low altitude.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20090526X34232&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-May-2009 10:41 slowkid Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 14:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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