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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39690
Last updated: 9 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GLAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glasair II FG
Registration: N87CK
C/n / msn: 1078
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ocala, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:La Grange, GA (LGC)
Destination airport:Orlando, FL (ORL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was observed by a witness on downwind. The engine was heard backfiring. Another witness observed the airplane at about 200 feet agl, and the fuselage was moving back and forth from left to right. The airplane was very slow with a slight nose-up attitude. The airplane rolled right, nosed over, and disappeared from view before colliding with the terrain. The airplane was destroyed. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The fuel selector pointer was found positioned halfway between the main fuel tank position and the header tank position. CAUSE: THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED (VSO) DURING A FORCED LANDING, RESULTING IN AN IN-FLIGHT LOSS OF CONTROL (STALL), AND SUBSEQUENT IN-FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S IMPROPER POSITIONING OF THE FUEL TANK SELECTOR VALVE RESULTING IN FUEL STARVATION.



Revision history:

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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