Accident Yakovlev Yak-52 N52BG,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59619
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Date:Sunday 10 June 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-52
Registration: N52BG
MSN: 889106
Total airframe hrs:905 hours
Engine model:Ivchenko M-14P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Custer, near Bellingham, Washington -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Point Roberts, WA
Destination airport:Everett, WA (PAE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The experimental category Yakovlev Yak-52, was destroyed after colliding with terrain while maneuvering. The first pilot, a commercial pilot/certified flight instructor who was seated in the forward seat, and the second pilot, a commercial pilot receiving instruction, were fatally injured. The accident airplane, a Yak-52, was the number two airplane in a flight of three aircraft. Shortly after takeoff, the number three airplane (Yak-18) returned to secure a fuel door that became unlatched during the initial takeoff. The pilot of the Yak-52 elected to maneuver over an area know as Cherry Point and wait for pilot of the Yak-18 to rejoin him. Approximately 10 minutes later, the pilot of the Yak-18 rejoined the Yak-52. The Yak 18 pilot stated that as he approached the area from the northwest, he observed the accident airplane maneuvering northeast of his position at an altitude of 1,500 feet mean sea level (MSL). He instructed the Yak-52 pilot to reverse his course in an effort to join him in formation flight. He reported that shortly after the pilot of the Yak-52 initiated the turn to the west (left), the airplane "...stalled and pitched nose down at about 40-60 degrees." Reportedly, the Yak-52 then rolled to the right, pitched up and oscillated around its vertical axis. Witnesses stated that the accident airplane rotated 2-3 times prior to impacting terrain. The pilot of the Yak-18 stated the accident airplane impacted terrain in a relatively level attitude with little forward motion. Post accident inspection of the airplane and associated components revealed no evidence of a preimpact mechanical malfunction or failure.
Probable Cause: The first pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while maneuvering. Factors include an inadvertent stall.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA01LA116
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


FAA register: 3. FAA:

Revision history:

19-Apr-2009 06:35 XLerate Added
19-Apr-2009 06:41 XLerate Updated
17-Mar-2011 12:30 TB Updated [Cn, Source]
18-Mar-2011 05:46 TB Updated [Source]
10-Oct-2013 16:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
08-Aug-2016 17:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 11:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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