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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43997
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E300 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Extra EA-300L
Registration: N300BB
MSN: 086
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tucumcari, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:KTCC
Destination airport:KTCC
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was just exiting a loop close to the ground when, according to multiple witnesses, the wings began to shake back and forth. One witness reported that it appeared as if the airplane was rocking. According to a cameraman recording the performance, the pilot did not "start his pull until he was too low to recover." He stated, "When the plane passed overhead, the noise the air was making as it passed over sounded very interrupted or turbulent." The cameraman noted, "There was a definitive break in the wing flight, a dip or stall, as it passed by." The airplane impacted the ground and came to rest to the south of the runway. An examination of the airplane, engine, and related systems revealed no anomalies. Winds at the time of the accident were reported as 060 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 20 knots. Density altitude was calculated to be 5,700 feet.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during aerobatic flight, resulting in an inadvertent accelerated stall. Contributing factors include the low altitude for recovery from the loop and the high density altitude.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
13-Dec-2009 06:58 Alpine Flight Updated
23-Oct-2014 16:34 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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