ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135097
Last updated: 20 May 2013
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Narrative:On September 4, 2006, at approximately 1400 mountain daylight time, a Straw T-Bird II experimental homebuilt airplane, N339JL, was substantially damaged following impact with terrain near Leamington, Utah. The private pilot, the sole occupant on board, was seriously injured. The pilot/owner was operating the flight under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight; the origination time was undetermined. The pilot had not filed a flight plan.
|Type:||Straw T-Bird II|
|Operator:||Jeffrey P. Straw|
|C/n / msn:|| 17804|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Leamington, UT -
United States of America
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
Witnesses observed the airplane flying low to the west. They said it started a left turn and continued until it nosed down to the ground. They reported hearing a loud engine sound all the way until impact. A friend of the pilot examined the aircraft and found the inboard bolt on the left elevator bow was missing, and the outboard bolt was failed in a sheared/twisting mode. The reason that the bolt was missing was undetermined.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's loss of aircraft control (control not possible) due to the failure of the left elevator control surface which was the result of a missing inboard bolt (for undetermined reason) which holds the left elevator bow in place.
NTSB id 20061031X01583
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