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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157859
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Airborne Edge XT-912-L
Registration: N123FJ
MSN: XT-912-0294
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Red Bluff Municipal Airport (KRBL), Red Bluff, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Red Bluff, CA (KRBL)
Destination airport:Chico, CA (KCIC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness reported observing the weight-shift tricycle airplane take off, make a very steep climb, roll right, and then descend vertically to the ground. A postimpact fire ensued and destroyed the airplane. The witness also reported hearing full-power engine noise coming from the airplane throughout the climb and vertical descent. Another witness, who arrived on-scene immediately after the accident, stated that the pilot was immobile and about 6 ft away from the wreckage. An autopsy of the pilot did not reveal any injuries that are typically associated with seatbelt usage, and it is likely that he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. A flight instructor who instructs in weight-shift tricycle airplanes stated that, without the seatbelt fastened, moving the airplanes weight around would pull the pilot out of the seat.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to properly secure himself in the cockpit with the seat belt, which resulted in his inability to control the airplane after takeoff.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

30-Jul-2013 03:47 Geno Added
07-Sep-2013 04:53 Geno Updated [Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 08:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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