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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39239
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F260 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
SIAI-Marchetti SF.260
Registration: N126MJ
MSN: 2-46
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Santa Monica, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The student pilot contacted a qualified commercial pilot and asked if he would fly with him. The first pilot declined, but the student's instructor was available. The aircraft departed westbound and the pilot requested approval from the tower to do a couple of 360-degree turns over the Santa Monica Pier. The tower observed the airplane at 800 feet msl in a left turn. Shortly thereafter, the airplane crashed into a residential area about 2 miles from the airport. Witnesses observed the airplane about 800 feet msl in steep-banked yawing left turns when it abruptly descended. The airplane was over gross weight by about 90 pounds and about 1 inch aft of the most rearward allowable CG. CAUSE: the dual student pilot's failure to maintain minimum air speed in flight which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin. Contributing to the accident was the improper weight and balance, inadequate altitude, and inadequate supervision.


Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
05-Aug-2013 15:42 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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