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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192805
Last updated: 29 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: N94RG
MSN: 001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Era in Cooke County, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Era, TX
Destination airport:Era, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness reported that he was outside his house when he heard an airplane “flying aerobatics.” He said that he heard the airplane conduct two to three passes and that he could hear the engine “cycling under load as they do in airshows.” He then went to the other side of the house, at which point he saw the airplane in a hammerhead climb (climbing straight up); the airplane then entered a slow, spiraling descent straight down, during which he did not hear engine noise. The airplane made about four spirals before it went out of sight behind rising terrain. The witness added that it did not appear that any attempt was made to recover from the descent. He was uncertain about what altitude the airplane was at when it was at the top of the hammerhead maneuver. The airplane wreckage was found less than 1/4 mile from the pilot’s private grass airstrip. The examination of the wreckage revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Given the witness statement, it is likely that the pilot lost airplane control while conducting aerobatic flight maneuvers and that there was insufficient altitude to recover.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of airplane control while conducting aerobatic flight maneuvers with insufficient altitude to recover.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

13-Jan-2017 10:15 gerard57 Added
13-Jan-2017 10:17 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport]
13-Jan-2017 15:21 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
13-Jan-2017 17:03 Geno Updated [Phase, Source]
19-Aug-2017 16:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Registration, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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