Tail Strike

Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Longmont, CO June 27, 2016

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in 2016, Beech King Air 90, CO, Longmont, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

On June 27, 2016, about 1400 mountain daylight time, a Beech E-90 King Air airplane, N92DV, was struck by a skydiver exiting the airplane near Longmont, Colorado. The commercial rated pilot and fourteen skydivers were not injured and one skydiver sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage.

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C-182A Non-Fatal Festus, MO June 14, 2014

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in 2014, C-182, Festus, Loss of Aircraft Control, MO, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

According to the pilot’s report, he leveled the airplane about 11,000 feet and established a speed of 80 mph with 10 degrees of flaps extended. When the last skydiver exited the airplane, its nose pitched up. The pilot pushed forwarded on the control wheel and added full engine power.

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C-182D Non-Fatal East Moriches, NY May 17, 2013

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in 2013, C-182, East Moriches, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, NY, Tail Strike | 0 comments

According to the pilot, he leveled the airplane at 8,500 feet for a tandem skydive. When the instructor exited the airplane, the nose pitched up, then the airplane pitched over into a right, descending turn. The pilot assessed the situation and determined that the right horizontal stabilizer was bent.

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C-182A Non-Fatal Warrenton, VA October 10, 2011

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in 2011, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike, VA, Warrenton | 0 comments

The pilot stated that he was descending the airplane from an altitude of 8,000 feet after releasing skydivers. During the descent, at an altitude of about 3,000 feet, the airplane’s door opened and contacted the underside of the wing. The pilot slowed the airplane and attempted to close the door but noticed that the door had warped and that the window was missing.

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B- 90 King Air Fatal (1) West Point, VA August 1, 2009

Posted by on Aug 1, 2009 in 1, 2009, Beech King Air 90, Fatal, Fatal Multi-Engine, Tail Strike, VA, West Point | 0 comments

During a skydiving flight at approximately 14,000 feet, an instructor positioned himself at the door opening with his jump student nearby. The student inadvertently pulled the instructor’s reserve parachute D-ring, deploying the chute and pulling the instructor out of the airplane

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C-208 Caravan Non-Fatal Homestead, FL December 7, 2008

Posted by on Dec 7, 2008 in 2008, C-208 Caravan, FL, Homestead, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The flight was at 13,500 feet overhead the airport, preparing for the skydivers to jump. The pilot turned on the green light to initiate the jump. He then felt the aircraft shudder, but did not lose control of the airplane. After most of the jumpers had left the airplane, one of the skydivers came forward and notified the pilot of damage to the tail.

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Beech 99 Fatal (1) Bowling Green, MO June 22, 2008

Posted by on Jun 22, 2008 in 1, 2008, Beech 99, Bowling Green, Fatal, Fatal Multi-Engine, MO, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The commercial pilot reported that he was en route to a parachutist jump zone on the first of two planned jumps. Prior to the first jump, before he had slowed the airplane, or illuminated the green jump light, indicating that the parachutists had permission to jump, two of the parachutists prematurely jumped.

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B-90 Non-Fatal Louisburg, NC July 8, 2007

Posted by on Jul 8, 2007 in 2007, Beech King Air 90, Louisburg, NC, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The pilot began descending when he thought all jumpers had departed the airplane, but 1 jumper remained. The remaining jumper realized the airplane was descending but was too late to stop his exit. After exiting the airplane he contacted the horizontal stabilizer and broke the femur of his left leg.

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C-182 Non-Fatal Butler, MO November 6, 2005

Posted by on Nov 6, 2005 in 2005, Butler, C-182, MO, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The Cessna 182, operating as a platform for skydiving operations, sustained substantial damage during a skydiving flight. The commercial pilot reported a skydiver’s reserve parachute accidentally deployed while the skydiver was getting established on the step before jumping from the airplane.

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C-182H Non-Fatal LaBelle, FL June 8, 2004

Posted by on Jun 8, 2004 in 2004, C-182, FL, Labelle, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The pilot stated that while the first parachutist was climbing out on the airplanes strut, her pilot chute got caught on a safety belt resulting in the inadvertent deployment of her main parachute, which streamed back over the right horizontal stabilizer. The parachutist went under as the main parachute went over the top of the stabilizer.

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C-182 Non-Fatal Estacada, OR September 28, 2002

Posted by on Sep 28, 2002 in 2002, C-182, Estacada, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, OR, Tail Strike | 0 comments

While the aircraft was level at 10,500 feet above sea level (MSL), four skydivers took their positions on the right exterior jump-step of the aircraft. Just after the last jumper was on the step, the parachute of one of the jumpers inadvertently deployed and streamed back into the aircraft’s tail surfaces.

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C-P206 Non-Fatal Goshen, IN May 26, 1996

Posted by on May 26, 1996 in 1996, C-P206, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

During a parachute jump activity one of the two parachutists on the airplane’s jump step began a cadence used to jump from the step. According to the jumpmaster the parachutist began an exaggerated rocking motion. During this rocking motion his reserve parachute’s ripcord pin protective flap brushed against the airplane’s open door.

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C-P206 Fatal (1) Hartwood, VA April 14, 1996

Posted by on Apr 14, 1996 in 1, 1996, C-P206, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Loss of Aircraft Control, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The pilot stated that after climbing to 10,000′ msl on a skydiving flight, the occupants began preparations for the fourth and final parachute jump of the day. The first parachutist (skydiver) of three was standing on the right wing strut preparing to jump, when his main parachute (that he had packed himself) deployed inadvertently.

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C-182 Non-Fatal Bowling Green, MO December 17, 1994

Posted by on Dec 17, 1994 in 1994, C-182, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The airplane took off with four parachutists on board. After reaching an altitude of 11,000 feet, one parachutist exited the airplane. As the second parachutist was exiting, his reserve parachute deployed pulling him toward the rear of the airplane. The parachute canopy went over the top of the horizontal stabilizer and the parachutist went under the stabilizer.

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Beech 65-90 Non-Fatal San Diego, CA November 6, 1994

Posted by on Nov 6, 1994 in 1994, Beech King Air 90, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Multi-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

The aircraft was damaged when a sport parachutist collided with the horizontal stabilizer while exiting the aircraft at 13,000 feet msl. According to statements from the pilots and other jumpers on board the aircraft, the injured jumper’s reserve parachute deployed as he exited the door. The parachute momentarily draped over the left leading edge of the horizontal stabilizer,

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C-208 Caravan Non-Fatal Whitewright, TX April 3, 1994

Posted by on Apr 3, 1994 in 1994, C-208 Caravan, Loss of Aircraft Control, Non-Fatal, Non-Fatal Single-Engine, Tail Strike | 0 comments

During sport parachute operations the aircraft inadvertently stalled when too many jumpers attached themselves on the outside of the aircraft. The jumpers had been briefed on limiting the number to exit at one time to six; however, they ignored these instructions. As they departed the aircraft the pilot regained control and landed without further incident.

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