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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 5173
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BL8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon
Registration: N86589
MSN: 135-74
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NAS South Weymouth, MA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:KNZW
Destination airport:KNZW
Crashed vertically into the ground while performing a low level controlled aerobatics. Fire after impact.
Maneuver performed before accident varies by desription (from multiple sources)
Pilot: Sharon Johnston Leithoff (airshow stage name: Shannon Leithoff)
1. low level half-twist maneuver, resulting in ground impact and fire.
2. flat spin (inverted) with 'pull up' attempted recovery into ground.
3. Low altitude barrel rolls, ending with a pull up to vertical (unfortunately aircraft was inverted when pulled 'up')

FAA reports: Commercial type rated pilot. Total time as 562 hours (233 hrs in type)
Misjudged altitude and clearance.


NTSB, trade publications (EAA-VAA) FAA-USCAR

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
05-Apr-2017 14:33 78Delta Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2017 11:52 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Damage]

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