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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145967
Last updated: 21 April 2018
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Type:Prowler Jaguar (built by Charles R. Westcott)
Registration: N125CW
C/n / msn: 0012
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Salinas Municipal Airport - KSNS, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Salinas, CA (KSNS)
Destination airport:Salinas, CA (KSNS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses reported that the airplane accelerated down the runway, and immediately after takeoff the nose pitched up, and the airplane stalled, rolled, pitched down, and impacted the ground nose first. A postaccident examination of the flight control surfaces revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The forensic pathologist who performed the postmortem examination of the pilot reported that the pilot experienced a sudden cardiac event as a result of coronary artery atherosclerosis while piloting the airplane. The cardiac event is commonly associated with sudden unexpected death and would have resulted in incapacitation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain airplane control during takeoff due to an incapacitating cardiac event.



Revision history:

02-Jun-2012 01:31 gerard57 Added
02-Jun-2012 02:27 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jun-2012 12:04 tapapesh Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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