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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66005
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: N233VW
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Darr Field Airport (NC03), Archdale, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Thomasville, NC (N97)
Destination airport:High Point, NC (NC03)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings during his second flight in the newly-acquired airplane. According to witnesses, after landing long on the 2,365-foot turf and gravel runway, the pilot initiated another takeoff and climb. The airplane subsequently began to turn, and the left main landing gear struck unmarked power lines 34 feet off the ground, about 110 yards beyond the departure end of the runway. The airplane then cartwheeled into the ground and caught fire. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical anomalies. Toxicological testing indicated that the pilot used a prescription sleep aid the previous evening, but that impairment at the time of the accident was unlikely. The pilot was required to wear corrective lenses; however, it is unknown if he was wearing them at the time of the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain clearance from power lines during takeoff.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

27-Jun-2009 22:26 slowkid Added
28-Jun-2009 12:10 harro Updated
29-Jun-2009 08:27 slowkid Updated
28-Jun-2010 11:53 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:35 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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