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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45554
Last updated: 29 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 23
Owner/operator:Benjamin C Butler
Registration: N2351Z
C/n / msn: M-66
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:King George, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Fredericksburg, VA (EZF)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot occasionally flew over his friend's residence. On the day of the accident, the friend observed the airplane over his residence, and waved his arms. The pilot waggled the airplane's wings and made one low pass over the residence. During the second circuit, the airplane quickly banked left and rolled out on a southerly heading. It began to lose altitude, and the engine revved to full power, but the airplane continued to lose altitude. The airplane then pitched up about 10 degrees, cleared the friend's house by 25-30 feet, but struck a tree at 50-60 mph. The friend reported that the airplane had a 5-15 mph tailwind at the time of the accident. There was a strong smell of fuel at the accident site and no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions were observed.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper in-flight decision to perform low passes; and his failure to maintain airspeed which resulted in a stall and collision with trees.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 16:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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