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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45296
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Date:31-JAN-2003
Time:07:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic E300 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Extra EA-300L
Owner/operator:Lcs Holdings Inc.
Registration: N33KL
MSN: 055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Golden Gate, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Naples, FL (15X)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The accident airplane, an Extra Flugzeugbau GMBH EA300/L, N33KL, crashed in the Picayune Strand State Forest, Collier County, Florida. The airplane was destroyed, with both pilots receiving fatal injuries. A witness who was in the state forest at the time of the accident said that he was working, and he observed the accident airplane approach from the north, in level flight, and as it passed by the engine sounded as if it was operating normally. He said that as he observed the airplane, he saw a slight but seemingly deliberate roll to both sides, followed by a larger roll to each side, and as the airplane flew on he lost sight of it and then heard a loud bang, followed by complete silence. The airplane impacted the ground in the forest, in about a 90-degree nose down attitude. Examination of the accident site revealed that the impact had created about an 8-foot in diameter by 6-foot deep crater, in which most of the airplane had been deposited. The airplane had impacted nose first and the fuselage had piled on top, with damaged sections of the wings laid out with the leading edges vertical to and resting on the ground. In addition. There was a debris field consisting of smaller pieces of the airplane that had been thrown about 30 feet, on a heading of about 120 degrees. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any preaccident anomalies with the airframe, the flight controls, or the engine.
Probable Cause: The airplane's entry into a near vertical descent for undetermined reasons, which resulted in a collision with terrain during the resultant descent.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20030205X00162&key=1

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
23-Oct-2014 16:18 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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