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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218042
Last updated: 6 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American P-51D Mustang
Registration: N4132A
C/n / msn: 122-40985
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ENE of Gillespie County Airport (T82), Fredericksburg, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Fredericksburg, TX (T82)
Destination airport:Fredericksburg, TX (T82)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot was participating in a World War II educational reenactment program with a passenger onboard. The purpose of the flight was to perform 4 to 5 passes in front of an amphitheater where the reenactment was being conducted. Witnesses at the amphitheater stated that the airplane performed a low pass before entering a climb. The airplane then entered a turn followed by a steep descent from which it did not recover before disappearing from view behind trees. Although the pilot held an authorization to fly the accident airplane at the time of the accident, he had a history of failed check rides, airspace violations, and enforcement actions. In each instance, the pilot's certificate was issued or reinstated upon reexamination.

The airplane impacted the ground in a near-vertical attitude. The propeller blades exhibited abrasions and leading-edge gouges consistent with the engine producing power at impact. All observed flight control separations exhibited features consistent with overload. No preimpact anomalies with the engine or airframe were found. Toxicology testing detected ethanol in specimens from the pilot consistent with postmortem production. Although the pilot had a history of coronary artery disease, there was no evidence that this condition contributed to the accident.

The accident pilot ran a charity that provided flights in his warbird airplane to veterans; he typically participated in the reenactment program with a veteran seated in the rear seat of his airplane. The director of the educational program stated that, in a pre-performance briefing on the day of the accident, the pilot was reminded of "all pertinent [Federal Aviation Administration] requirements," including that the fly-by be conducted no lower than 1,000 ft above ground level.

Given the available information, the pilot most likely performed a low-level maneuver with a passenger on board and was unable to recover from that maneuver before impacting terrain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to perform a low-level maneuver at an altitude where he was unable to recover the airplane before impacting terrain.



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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report

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Revision history:

17-Nov-2018 23:29 Iceman 29 Added
17-Nov-2018 23:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Nov-2018 23:52 Iceman 29 Updated [Total occupants, Source]
18-Nov-2018 00:00 Geno Updated [Location, Source]
18-Nov-2018 00:15 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 00:29 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 00:48 Iceman 29 Updated [Total fatalities, Embed code]
18-Nov-2018 01:09 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 12:13 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 12:14 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 15:24 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 15:27 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
18-Nov-2018 19:23 txkflier Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
18-Nov-2018 20:58 A.Scholten Updated [Source]
18-Nov-2018 21:04 Anon. Updated [Source]
19-Nov-2018 17:26 Nepa Updated [Destination airport, Operator]
27-Nov-2018 19:49 IsabellaBarbiero Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
22-Apr-2020 17:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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