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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17756
Last updated: 17 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic Z50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Zlín 50LX
Registration: N6660K
C/n / msn: 075
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Modesto Airport, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Modesto, CA (KMOD)
Destination airport:Modesto, CA (KMOD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was performing in an airshow that was conducted at a controlled airport serviced by airlines. Two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors acting as the FAA monitors, witnessed the accident. Performances, as a rule, are timed so that they do not conflict with inbound and landing airline traffic. If there is a timing conflict, normally the show is temporarily stopped so as not to delay the airline traffic. During the accident pilot's performance, the pilot was transmitting directly to the crowd, as well as communicating with an on ground safety observer, the airshow waiver holder, and an air traffic control tower controller. The air traffic control tower controller advised the pilot to stop the performance due to an inbound arriving airliner and make a right base entry for landing. The pilot had completed a normal sequence and then requested to make one more pass and the tower controller approved the request. The pilot then added the additional maneuver as his final routine before exiting the performance box. The FAA inspector indicated that during the added maneuver, the right wing impacted the ground. The pilot stated that during the airshow briefing, he had requested a sterile frequency for maintaining communication with airshow and ground support staff, which he indicated was standard operating procedures at other airshows. The air traffic control tower personnel elected to have the airshow pilots monitoring and communicating on the same frequency as the tower controllers. The pilot stated that during the flight, he was interrupted numerous times by tower personnel and incoming aircraft, which prevented his ground safety observer from communicating with him and not only added to his workload, but affected his concentration during the maneuver.
Probable Cause: The pilot failed to maintain clearance from terrain during a low-altitude maneuver at an airshow. Contributing to the accident was the task overload in the increased frequency congestion.



Revision history:

11-May-2008 10:28 Fusko Added
11-May-2008 10:29 harro Updated
17-May-2008 02:33 Fusko Updated
04-Aug-2008 10:22 kootcha Updated
11-Jul-2010 10:31 Anon. Updated [Source]
24-Dec-2010 12:10 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 10:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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