Loss of control Accident Zivko Edge 540 N26HB, 10 Jul 2009
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66356
 
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Date:10-JUL-2009
Time:14:27
Type:Silhouette image of generic EDGE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Zivko Edge 540
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N26HB
MSN: 0022
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Tarkio, Missouri -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Tarkio, MO (K57)
Destination airport:Tarkio, MO (K57)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The aerobatic airplane impacted the ground following a loss of control during an practice flight. The pilot was an aerobatic performer who was scheduled to perform at an airshow the following day. Video of the accident flight showed the airplane in a climbing vertical roll which was followed by what appeared to be an inverted spin. The rotation of the spin was halted with the airplane in a near vertical descent. During the recovery from the dive, the airplane suddenly rolled to the right and rotated about 1-1/2 turns before impacting the ground in a nose-low, right-wing-down attitude. Audible engine sounds were present throughout the recording. An examination of the airplane failed to reveal any pre-impact deficiencies with regard to the airplane’s structure, flight control system or other airplane systems. The pilot had been intermittently prescribed a prescription stimulant for weight loss approximately 2-3 years prior to the accident and had not indicated the use of the medication to the FAA at that time. The medication was found on post-mortem toxicology testing, suggesting use within the several days preceding the accident, but the nature of the specimens tested did not permit more accurate estimation of when it may have last been used or whether the pilot may have been impaired by such use. Given the challenging maneuvers being performed, even slight impairment may have been sufficient to contribute to the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the aerobatic flight.

Sources:

NTSB

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jul-2009 00:44 slowkid Added
11-Jul-2009 00:51 slowkid Updated
11-Jul-2009 01:19 slowkid Updated
11-Jul-2009 06:18 Alpine Flight Updated
08-Jan-2011 09:07 Alpine Flight Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
06-Nov-2014 22:08 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Cn]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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