Accident Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros N139RH, 30 May 2003
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45210
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L39 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros
Owner/operator:Redstar Air Shows Inc
Registration: N139RH
MSN: 332627
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tracy Municipal Airport, 3 miles SW of Tracy, in San Joaquin County, C -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Byron, CA (C83)
Destination airport:Tracy, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The single engine, two seat, jet airplane impacted the ground while pulling out of a low level loop. The airplane was practicing low level team aerobatics with two other similar jet airplanes. The established hard deck for the practice was 1,000 feet. The lead jet entered a loop maneuver at about 1,500 feet and impacted the ground while pulling out at the bottom of the maneuver. During the end of the maneuver the wings rocked and the nose pitched down. Examination of the ejection seat mechanism disclosed no evidence that the pilot attempted to eject from the airplane. No evidence of a control system malfunction was found and the damage to the engine was consistent with it developing significant power at ground impact.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance while performing low level aerobatics.


FAA register: 2.


Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
02-Dec-2014 21:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2014 21:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
02-Dec-2014 21:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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