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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145735
Last updated: 19 June 2018
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Date:19-MAY-2012
Time:16:00
Type:Titan Tornado II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N158TX
C/n / msn: D95EA81C0HK0158
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:2 miles west of Checotah, OK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Checotah, OK (NONE)
Destination airport:Checotah, OK (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
After takeoff, the airplane leveled off about 100 ft above ground level; accelerated; made a steep, nearly vertical, nose-up climb; and then sharply banked left. The airplane then suddenly stalled and “nose-dived” into the ground. A witness reported that, in the past, he and his neighbors had frequently seen the pilot perform this type of maneuver. One person reported that, in the past, the pilot seemed to enjoy “showing off” for people when he was flying.
Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures. Federal Aviation Administration records showed that the pilot did not hold a valid pilot certificate and that his previously issued student pilot certificate had expired in 2003. Toxicological testing detected low levels of methamphetamine in the pilot’s cavity blood and urine, indicating that the pilot took some form of the drug before the crash. However, insufficient evidence was available to determine whether the drug had been medically prescribed or was being used recreationally. Thus, it could not be determined if the pilot’s performance was impaired by either the drug, an underlying medical condition, or withdrawal symptoms at the time of the flight.

Probable Cause: The noncertificated pilot's loss of airplane control while maneuvering during initial climb, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s ostentatious display.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120519X31312&key=1
FAA register: http://ktul.com/story/18563189/plane-crashes-west-of
http://www.tulsaworld.com/specialprojects/news/crimewatch/article.aspx?subjectid=450&articleid=20120519_450_0_Asingl173230
http://www.news9.com/story/18563800/plane-crashes-near-checotah
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=158TX
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120519X31312&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-May-2012 01:50 gerard57 Added
20-May-2012 09:54 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-May-2012 11:06 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative, Plane category, ]
22-May-2012 13:17 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:40 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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