Accident Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin N129MM,
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Date:Sunday 18 September 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic L29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin
Owner/operator:HGA LLC
Registration: N129MM
MSN: 892790
Year of manufacture:1968
Total airframe hrs:3483 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Reno Stead Airport (RTS/KRTS), Reno, NV -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Reno-Stead Airport, NV (KRTS)
Destination airport:Reno-Stead Airport, NV (KRTS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On September 18, 2022, about 1544 Pacific daylight time, an Aerovodochody L29-Delphin, N129MM, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Reno, Nevada. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 Air Race flight.

The accident airplane, operated as Race 29, was on lap 3 of 6. Witnesses reported that the accident airplane began a climb as it neared outer pylon no. 4 and appeared to tighten its left turn back toward the inner portion of the racecourse. At the peak of the climb, the airplane entered an approximate 90° right bank and started a descent before it rolled left to an approximate 90° bank. The airplane continued to descend in a steep left bank, nose-low attitude until it impacted terrain just beyond outer pylon no. 5.

A photograph captured by a witness just prior to impact showed that all primary flight controls remained attached to the airframe at the time of the accident.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted terrain on a magnetic heading of about 229°. The first identified point of contact (FIPC) with terrain was a swath of freshly disturbed dirt, consistent with a left-wing impact. The swath of disturbed dirt continued for about 180 ft to a large burn area, which contained various fragments of wreckage. The 2,200 ft long debris path continued along a magnetic heading of about 242° degrees and contained fragments of wreckage along with portions of both wings, empennage, and engine.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.


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Revision history:

18-Sep-2022 23:12 Captain Adam Added
18-Sep-2022 23:30 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
19-Sep-2022 00:41 johnwg Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative, Category]
19-Sep-2022 00:57 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Sep-2022 01:23 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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19-Sep-2022 01:36 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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19-Sep-2022 13:27 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Sep-2022 20:04 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Sep-2022 16:08 RobertMB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Oct-2022 10:59 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative, Category]

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