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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43220
Last updated: 8 April 2021
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Date:23-JUL-1988
Time:13:45
Type:Air Command 532 Commander Elite
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N91359
C/n / msn: 3672167
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Baytown Airport, 3.5 miles N of Baytown, Harris County, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Baytown Airport, Baytown TX (HPY/KHPY)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TO TAKEOFF AND TURN RIGHT CROSSWIND. DURING THE CROSSWIND, THE RPM INCREASED SUDDENLY. THE AIRCRAFT PITCHED NOSE DOWNWARDS, IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A VERTICAL DESCENT AND BURNED. THE PILOT/BUILDER HAD A TOTAL OF 5 HRS IN THE NEW AIRCRAFT. NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT STRUCTURAL, ROTOR, OR SYSTEM FAILURE WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MANUFACTURER OF THE KITS FOR THE AIRCRAFT INDICATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT IS EASY TO OVER CONTROL AND CAN LEAD TO PORPOISING WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO CORRECT.

CAUSES: AIRCRAFT CONTROL NOT MAINTAINED BY PILOT IN COMMAND
PORPOISE/PILOT-INDUCED OSCILLATION [INADVERTENT] BY PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT BY PILOT IN COMMAND

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW88DRA15 at http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X26228
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=91359


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
25-Feb-2016 21:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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