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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 167897
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BOLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Steen Skybolt
Registration: N849CA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Carroll County, east of Carrollton, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Carrollton, GA (CTJ)
Destination airport:Carrollton, GA (CTJ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot, who was the airplane owner, was on a local, pleasure flight. Witnesses observed the airplane flying low followed by a rapid pitch down or loss of airplane control. The airplane struck a tree about 60 ft above the ground and continued another 46 ft until it struck the ground. Most of the wreckage was consumed in a postaccident fire.

Primary flight control continuity was confirmed from the control surfaces to the cockpit controls. All of the airplane’s primary structural components were accounted for within the wreckage debris field. Several tree branches with smooth, angular cuts, indicative of contact with a propeller under power, were observed within the wreckage debris field. A disassembly and examination of the engine revealed no evidence of a preexisting mechanical malfunction or failure. A cable attachment bracket for the elevator trim tab was found fractured; however, examination of the fracture surface revealed overstress signatures, and no evidence of a preexisting anomaly was found. Thus, the fracture likely occurred during the impact sequence.

The pilot, who had owned the airplane for about 15 years, only flew it occasionally, and his last logged flight in the accident airplane was more than 1 year before the accident flight. The pilot’s autopsy and toxicology reports revealed no evidence of incapacitation.

Probable Cause: An in-flight loss of airplane control for reasons that could not be determined during postaccident examinations or based on the available evidence.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

14-Jul-2014 03:43 Geno Added
14-Jul-2014 03:44 Geno Updated [Location]
15-Jul-2014 06:16 harro Updated [Registration]
24-Jul-2014 22:25 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 18:51 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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