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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40982
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Date:11-SEP-1996
Time:13:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic QIC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Quickie Q2
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N73QQ
MSN: 2765
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Superior, MT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(9S4)
Destination airport:Unknown
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot worked on the engine of his amateur-built experimental airplane before taking off. Starting the engine required use of a jump-start. The airplane did not have a magneto ignition, but relied on a battery-coil ignition system. After takeoff, the airplane climbed to about 600 feet above ground level. Witnesses observed the airplane enter a steep turn to reverse course back toward the airport. During the turn, the airplane's nose dropped abruptly, and the airplane 'nose-dived' into wooded terrain. A witness, who was driving on an adjacent highway at 68 mph, noted that before the accident, the airplane was flying slower than the witness's vehicle was traveling. Level flight stall speed of the airplane was listed as 64 mph. During the investigation, no preimpact mechanical discrepancy was found, other than a bad cell in the battery. There was evidence, however, that the propeller was not turning when the airplane crashed. CAUSE: loss of engine power after takeoff for undetermined reason(s), and failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, while maneuvering to return to the departure airport, which resulted in a stall and collision with wooded terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X06813


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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