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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145855
Last updated: 25 February 2018
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Date:26-MAY-2012
Time:16:30
Type:Moyes/Bailey Dragonfly
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N56FP
C/n / msn: 002Y
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:The woods off Burkhalter Gap Road in Dade County, Georgia. -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Trenton, GA (0GE3)
Destination airport:Trenton, GA (0GE3)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot departed in the experimental light-sport airplane without incident, climbed to an altitude of about 350 to 400 feet above ground level, and flew to a nearby ridgeline. Witnesses reported that the airplane looked slow as it flew parallel to the ridgeline and subsequently entered a left spiraling dive, making two descending 360-degree turns before it impacted trees. The nature of the airplane's departure from controlled flight was consistent with a stall. Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane was equipped with a ballistic parachute system that was found in the armed for flight position; however, it had not been activated. The pilot was familiar with the accident airplane and had flown it regularly during the previous 2 years. The pilot's most recent Federal Aviation Administration medical examination was performed about 9 years before the accident. At the time of the accident, the pilot was taking a medication for the treatment of hypertension. The medical examiner noted no significant gross natural disease or focal myocardial lesions during autopsy; however, it could not be determined whether the pilot became incapacitated before the airplane's descent.
Probable Cause: The airplane's entry into an uncontrolled descent for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the airplane did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation and it could not be determined whether the pilot had experienced an incapacitating medical event.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120527X55532&key=1
FAA register: http://planenews.com/man-dies-in-ultralight-aircraft-crash-in-dade-county-wrcb/
http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/18632380/glider-crash-in-dade-county
http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/preliminary_data/events02/media/06_56FP.txt
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=56FP&x=0&y=0
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120527X55532&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-May-2012 11:51 gerard57 Added
27-May-2012 16:47 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2012 23:22 afm10 Updated [Location]
30-May-2012 22:05 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative, Plane category, ]
11-Jun-2012 16:13 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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