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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44128
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BOLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Steen Skybolt
Registration: N78BJ
MSN: 100JT
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sharpsburg, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Newnan, GA (KCCO)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses stated that they observed the airplane make a high speed pass by and descend down to 200 to 300 feet. When the airplane reached the vicinity of a tree line heading east bound, the airplane was observed to begin a pull up maneuver followed by a snap roll to the right. The airplane went inverted, disappeared from view behind the tree line and a subsequent impact noise was heard. One witnesses stated that when the airplane completed the roll, it leveled out at a high rate of speed, and went inverted as if it was attempting another roll. The witness described the turns as controlled and similar to an air show maneuver. Examination of the crash site revealed no anomalies with the engine assembly and accessories, airframe, or flight controls. review of the pilot's logbook revealed he had recorded one dual training flight on September 24, 2004 for .8 hours, and 7 solo aerobatic flights for a total of 8.5 hours. The pilot's last recorded aerobatic flight was on January 28, 2006.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of control while conducting aerobatic flight. Factors in the accident were the pilot's ostentatious display, and lack of recent and total experience in type of operation.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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