ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39184
Last updated: 23 April 2014
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Date:21-APR-1998
Time:1054
Type:Star-Lite Engineering Ltd WARP 1A
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N914SL
C/n / msn: 9970001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lakeland, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(LAL)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The pilot was observed to takeoff with a left quartering tailwind. A witness stated the airplane climbed out at very slow airspeed on the verge of a stall. The airplane was observed in a shallow right crosswind turn, when the angle of bank increased between 60 to 90 degrees. The nose pitched down, and the airplane was observed to roll over inverted before disappearing from view. No change in engine sound was noted. The airplane collided with a building and the terrain, and the pilot was fatally injured. Review of the pilot's logbook revealed no recorded flight time in the Warp 1A airplane. CAUSE: the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed, while maneuvering on crosswind in the traffic pattern, which resulted in an inadvertent stall, and an in-flight collision with a building and the terrain. Factors relating to the accident were: the pilot's decision to take off with a right quartering tailwind, and his lack of experience in the make and model of airplane.

Sources:
NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X09925


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