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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42468
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:06-NOV-1993
Time:10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic RAF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RAF 2000
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N70334
MSN: H2-92-3-72
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Salina-Gunnison Airport, Redmond, Utah -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Salina-Gunnison Airport, Redmond, Utah (44U)
Destination airport:Salina-Gunnison Airport, Redmond, Utah (44U)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On November 6, 1993, approximately 1030 hours mountain standard time (MST), a Bird RAF-2000 experimental gyroplane, N70334, registered to and being flown by David E. Bird, a certificated private pilot, was destroyed during a collision with terrain following a loss of control on climb out at the Salina-Gunnison Airport, Redmond, Utah. The pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight, which was personal, was to have been operated in accordance with the requirements set forth in 14CFR91 and originated from the Salina-Gunnison airport.

The pilot executed his first takeoff approximately 10:10 hours MST from runway 20 and remained in a left hand traffic pattern. A VHS video recording of the pilot's approaches, landings and initial climb-outs was made by the pilot's father and reviewed by the NTSB Investigator in Charge. The pilot's father, wife, and at least one other witness were located slightly west of the edge of the 60 foot wide runway and approximately 2,400 feet southwest of the threshold of runway 20.

The first takeoff/landing was uneventful. During the second takeoff the aircraft diverged from the runway centerline and passed almost directly overhead the witnesses. The pilot's father remarked "smart alec" during this event. During the third takeoff the aircraft again diverged from the runway centerline and passed almost directly overhead the witnesses.

The pilot's father remarked "he's crazy" during this event. During the fourth and fifth takeoffs the aircraft again diverged from the runway centerline and passed almost directly overhead the witnesses. During the sixth takeoff the aircraft remained relatively aligned with the runway centerline. During the seventh takeoff the aircraft again diverged from the runway centerline and passed slightly west of the witnesses. During this overflight the pilot's father stopped following the aircraft with the video camera and it was during this time that the aircraft crashed.

The pilot's father, who witnessed the accident, reported that "on the last pass over my head the craft climbed" and that "instead of staying horizontal, it climbed to a vertical or almost vertical position." Additionally, he reported that "it stalled at the top about 200 or 250 feet" and that it "tipped to the left and fell basically straight down."

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: SEA94LA026 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?_ev_id=20001211X13797&ntsbno=SEA94LA026&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=70334


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
02-Aug-2016 20:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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