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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59627
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E300 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Extra EA-300
Owner/operator:Otter Enterprises
Registration: N101PK
MSN: 051
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:2 miles offshore from El Capitan State Beach, Santa Barbara, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)
Destination airport:Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness observed the airplane performing aerobatics over the ocean for about 10 minutes prior to the accident. The maneuver was the same; the airplane would fly straight up, roll 360 degrees as in a loop, descend, and then pull back up into the same maneuver. On the maneuver that culminated in the accident he saw the airplane fly straight up, flip over, and enter into a 45-degree descent toward the water. He expected the airplane to pull up into the same maneuver; however, the airplane continued its descent until it impacted the water. The witness reported that he was not able to see any detail as the airplane was off in the distance.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with terrain for undetermined reasons while performing aerobatics.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

20-Apr-2009 00:37 hggultek Added
20-Apr-2009 01:16 slowkid Updated
21-Apr-2009 07:17 morethanwords Updated
21-Apr-2009 22:54 Anon. Updated
13-Dec-2009 06:59 Alpine Flight Updated
23-Oct-2014 16:59 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 18:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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