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C-208 Caravan Fatal (1) Dunnellon, FL October 14, 2016

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in 1, 2016, C-208 Caravan, Dunnellon, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, FL, Premature Deployment | 1 comment

On October 14, 2016, about 1930 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 208, N208KM, was substantially damaged during a skydiving event over Marion County Airport (X35), Dunnellon, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured and the skydiver was fatally injured. The commercial skydiving flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

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C-182A Fatal (1) Lexington, TX September 27, 2015

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in 1, 2015, C-182, Collisions Other, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Lexington, Loss of Aircraft Control, TX | 0 comments

On September 27, 2015, about 1830 central daylight time, a Cessna 182A airplane, N3921D, was substantially damaged during an in-flight collision with trees and terrain near Lexington, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Austin Skydiving Center, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a skydiving flight operation.

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King Air E90 Fatal (1) Karnack, TX July 7, 2012

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in 1, 2012, Beech King Air 90, Fatal, Fatal Multi-Engine, Ferry, Karnack, TX | 0 comments

Before the flight, the pilot did not obtain a weather briefing and departed without approval from company personnel. The airplane departed the airport about 0230 and climbed to 14,500 feet mean sea level. The pilot obtained visual flight rules (VFR) flight following services from air traffic control (ATC) personnel during the flight. While the airplane was en route, ATC personnel advised the pilot that an area of moderate precipitation was located about 15 miles ahead along the airplaneā€™s flight path.

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FIREFLY BALLOONS INC FIREFLY 8 Fatal (1) Fitzgerald, GA March 16, 2012

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in 1, 2012, Fatal, FIREFLY BALLOONS INC FIREFLY 8, Fitzgerald, GA, Loss of Aircraft Control | 0 comments

The balloon pilot conducted multiple sport parachute flights throughout the day without obtaining a weather briefing. A SIGMET for severe thunderstorms, hail, and cloud tops to 45,000 feet was in effect for the area surrounding the takeoff and accident sites. Shortly after the balloon lifted off on the accident flight, the ground crew was advised of a severe storm warning for the area and observed the storm on radar via their cellular telephones.

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C-185 Fatal (1) Newfane, NY August 1, 2010

Posted by on Aug 1, 2010 in 1, 2010, C-185, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Loss of Aircraft Control, Newfane, NY | 0 comments

The airplane was departing for a skydiving flight. During rotation, the jump door opened, which was located on the right side of the airplane. The pilot said that he was not concerned with the door, which would not have critically impacted the airplane’s performance; however, an experienced parachutist attempted to secure the door to the point where he was partially outside of the airplane.

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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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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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DHC-6 Fatal (1) DeLand, FL April 23, 2005

Posted by on Apr 23, 2005 in 1, 2005, Collisions Other, Deland, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Fatal, Fatal Multi-Engine, FL | 0 comments

The pilot stated that after the 14 jumpers left the airplane at 13,500 feet, southwest of the airport, he started his descent to the northeast. He approached the airport from the northeast overflew the airport, and made a left turn to enter the downwind leg for runway 23. He saw some parachutes on the ground and some in the air.

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C-P206 Fatal (1) Jacksonville, FL October 30, 2004

Posted by on Oct 30, 2004 in 1, 2004, C-P206, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, FL, Jacksonville, Loss of Aircraft Control, Preflight | 0 comments

The pilot did not perform weight and balance calculations for the accident flight; though, postaccident calculations indicated that the airplane was under gross weight and the center of gravity was within limits. The pilot reported that he did not have any memory of the accident flight. The accident flight was the second flight of the day for the pilot and began immediately after landing from the previous skydive drop flight.

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C-180 Fatal (1) Freedom, PA October 27, 2004

Posted by on Oct 27, 2004 in 1, 2004, C-180, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Freedom, Loss of Aircraft Control, PA | 0 comments

The pilot did not perform weight and balance calculations for the accident flight; though, postaccident calculations indicated that the airplane was under gross weight and the center of gravity was within limits. The pilot reported that he did not have any memory of the accident flight. The accident flight was the second flight of the day for the pilot and began immediately after landing from the previous skydive drop flight.

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C-P206 Fatal (1) Taylorville, IL October 24, 2004

Posted by on Oct 24, 2004 in 1, 2004, C-P206, Collisions Other, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, IL, Loss of Aircraft Control, Taylorville | 0 comments

The airplane entered an inverted spin during a skydiving operation when a parachutist’s parachute deployed while exiting the airplane at 10,500 feet mean sea level. The parachute became entangled around the right hand landing gear and the parachutist could not be freed. The pilot, who was wearing a parachute, and the remaining parachutists jumped from the airplane.

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Beech H50 (Twin Bo) Fatal (1) Hartwood, VA October 17, 2004

Posted by on Oct 17, 2004 in 1, 2004, Beech H50 Twin Bonanza, Fatal, Fatal Multi-Engine, Hartwood, Maintenance Flight, VA | 0 comments

The airplane had not been flown for about 5 years prior to the accident, and was undergoing maintenance in preparation of a ferry flight. A mechanic reported that he had asked the pilot to conduct some engine run-ups as close to full power as possible. The pilot taxied to runway 35, a 2,470 foot-long, 35 foot-wide, gravel and turf runway; where he performed two high speed engine run-ups.

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C-182H Fatal (1) Cushing, OK June 21, 2003

Posted by on Jun 21, 2003 in 1, 2003, C-182, Cushing, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Loss of Aircraft Control, OK | 0 comments

The 363-hour single-engine commercial rated pilot lost control of the airplane during a parachute activity flight. The airplane subsequently stalled and entered a spin to the left. A witness radioed the pilot and asked what was wrong, and the pilot replied that he was in a spin and didn’t know what to do.

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PA-32-300 Fatal (1) Steamboat Springs, CO December 29th, 2002

Posted by on Dec 29, 2002 in 1, 2002, CO, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Ferry, PA-32-300, Steamboat Springs | 0 comments

The pilot departed with three passengers and three dogs, but only two seats. The airplane had been reconfigured (STC SA00352DE) for parachute jumping operations. The STC included the stipulation that the airplane could be used only for parachutist launching operations. Also, Title 14 CFR Part 91.107, (a)(3), states that each occupant of a civil aircraft must be provided with an approved seat [the fatally injured passenger was not] with seat belt, for movement on the surface, takeoff, and landing operations.

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Bell 412 Fatal (1) Rantoul, IL August 2, 2002

Posted by on Aug 2, 2002 in 1, 2002, Bell 412, Fatal, IL, Prop Strike, Rantoul | 0 comments

The helicopter’s main rotor blade contacted a photographer fatally injuring him. Before lift off, ground crew informed the pilot that there were four canopies in the vicinity of the takeoff area. The pilot immediately took off and began following a mowed grass area adjacent to an area of corn in which the photographer was standing in and unseen by the pilot.

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PC-6 Fatal (1) Porter Mid-Air Marana, AZ March 15, 2002

Posted by on Mar 15, 2002 in 1, 2002, AZ, Collisions Other, Fatal, Fatal Single-Engine, Marana, PC-6 Pilatus Porter | 0 comments

A US Army Pilatus UV-20A collided in midair with a Cessna 182C during parachute jumping operations. The collision occurred about 4,800 feet mean sea level (msl) (2,800 feet above ground level (agl)) on the northeast side of runway 12 abeam the approach end. Both aircraft had made multiple flights taking jumpers aloft prior to the accident. The Pilatus departed runway 12 about 5 minutes prior to the Cessna’s departure on the same runway.

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