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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172533
Last updated: 9 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts Special S-1S
Owner/operator:Bob Gillespie
Registration: N49294
MSN: 1-0060
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Carroll County Regional Airport (KDMW), Westminster, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Westminster, MD (DMW)
Destination airport:Westminster, MD (DMW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A Piper PA-28-140 and a Pitts Special S-1S collided in midair while both airplanes were on final approach to land. The Piper was equipped with a two-way radio and the Pitts was not. Both pilots were flying their airplanes on a visual approach to the same runway; the Piper entered the traffic pattern on the downwind leg, and the Pitts entered the traffic pattern on the crosswind leg. According to the Piper pilot, he made radio calls during each leg of the traffic pattern to announce his position, and, after beginning the final approach about 1.5 nautical miles from the runway threshold, he observed the Pitts on the downwind leg. The Pitts pilot reported that he flew a tighter traffic pattern and that he did not see the Piper. Witnesses reported that, as the airplanes were on short final, the Pitts converged on the Piper from behind and above. The Pittsí tailwheel struck the top of the Piperís fuselage, and the right main landing gear struck the cowling and was subsequently separated by the Piperís propeller. After the collision, the Pitts entered a dive and then impacted the ground, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and elevator. The Piper pilot landed the airplane on the runway; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage from the collision.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to see and avoid the other airplane, which resulted in a midair collision while both airplanes were on final approach to land.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Dec-2014 04:56 Geno Added
28-Dec-2014 06:00 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Dec-2014 19:35 Geno Updated [Narrative]
16-Jan-2015 04:54 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 19:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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