Loss of control Accident Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatross N16RZ, 20 Jan 2012
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141988
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L39 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatross
Registration: N16RZ
MSN: 132013
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Etowah County, Near Northeast Alabama Regional Airport - KGAD, AL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Gadsden, AL (GAD)
Destination airport:Burlington, NC (BUY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot radioed an air traffic controller and obtained an instrument flight rules clearance while on the ground. The pilot read back the clearance and was informed that he was released for departure and to switch to advisory frequency. There was no further radio contact between air traffic controllers and the pilot, and the airplane was never radar identified. The base of the radar coverage at the airport is 4,000 feet. Another pilot, who was on the ground at the airport waiting to depart, informed the controller that he watched the flight depart and heard a pretty loud boom shortly afterward. A postcrash fire ensued. The ceiling was 300 feet overcast, with visibility 1 mile in mist. The main wreckage was located about 1.1 miles south-southwest of the airport in a swampy wooded area. Postcrash examination revealed no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: An in-flight loss of control in instrument meteorological conditions.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report


20 January 2012: Perman Lake Road, near Gadsden, AL.

Revision history:

21-Jan-2012 02:11 Gordoux Added
21-Jan-2012 09:40 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities]
21-Jan-2012 09:41 Alpine Flight Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
23-Jan-2012 12:38 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 21:56 PilotWes Updated [Time, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-Jan-2012 14:15 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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