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2016 Beech King Air 90 CO Longmont Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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2014 C-182 Festus Loss of Aircraft Control MO Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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2013 C-182 East Moriches Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine NY Tail Strike

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

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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2012 C-182 KS Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Rose Hill Tail Strike

C-182D Non-Fatal Rose Hill, KS July 28, 2012

As a skydiver was exiting the airplane, his parachute inadvertently deployed and struck the right horizontal stabilizer. He deployed his reserve parachute and landed without further incident.

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2011 C-182 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike VA Warrenton

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

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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1 2009 Beech King Air 90 Fatal Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike VA West Point

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

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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2008 C-208 Caravan FL Homestead Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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1 2008 Beech 99 Bowling Green Fatal Fatal Multi-Engine MO Tail Strike

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

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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2007 Beech King Air 90 Louisburg NC Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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2006 Beech 99 CA Lodi Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

Beech 99 Non-Fatal Lodi, CA August 22, 2006

A skydiver jumped up and out of the airplane instead of dropping out of the exit and keeping a low trajectory. He then impacted the horizontal stabilizer and fell away from the leading edge. The skydiver’s automatic deployment system activated and opened the parachute.

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2005 Butler C-182 MO Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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2004 C-182 FL Labelle Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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2002 C-182 Estacada Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine OR Tail Strike

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

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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1 1998 C-182 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

C-182 Fatal (1) Green Sea, SC July 4, 1998

According to the FAA, the skydiver was standing on the strut preparing to jump when his pilot parachute opened and wrapped around the tail section of the airplane.

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1996 C-P206 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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1 1996 C-P206 Fatal Fatal Single-Engine Loss of Aircraft Control Tail Strike

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

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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1994 C-182 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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1994 Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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1994 C-182 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

C-182 Non-Fatal Ellejay, GA April 30, 1994

A student sport parachutist was preparing for a static line jump. The parachute inadvertently deployed as he was moving into jump position, outside of the airplane. Canopy static lines caught on the horizontal stabilizer, twisting the empennage.

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1994 C-208 Caravan Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

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

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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1 1993 Beech 45 (Beech 18 military) Fatal Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

Beech 45 Fatal (1) Fentress, TX Sept. 4, 1993

The reserve parachute of one of the skydivers inadvertently deployed and pulled him out of the airplane, striking the left horizontal stabilizer. Examination of the reserve parachute revealed no evidence of any fault with the automatic signaling device.

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1991 C-182 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

C-182 Non-Fatal Carlisle, AR December 15, 1991

During a daytime flight, maneuvering at 8,500 feet msl, a parachute jumper exited the airplane to position on the right wing strut in preparation for the jump. The jumper’s reserve parachute inadvertently opened and the jumper was pulled from the strut and impacted the leading edge of the right horizontal stabilizer bending the spar. The airplane landed safely without further incident.

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1991 C-182 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

C-182 Non-Fatal Bowling Green, MO November 10, 1991

Pilot was flying a group of sport parachutists on a jump run, and noticed a pilot parachute out of its pack. The pilot yelled at parachutist but he stepped onto the aircraft wing strut. The parachute deployed and pulled the parachutist off the strut. The parachute became momentarily entangled with the horizontal stabilizer. The pilot landed the aircraft safely. The parachutist landed safely.

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1991 C-182 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Tail Strike

C-182 Non-Fatal Hadley, MA September 29, 1991

With the door open and preparing to jump, a skydiver had premature deployment of his main parachute. He jumped out the door and his parachute became entangled in the elevator of the airplane. The pilot said the airplane pitched down and the other skydivers immediately exited the airplane. The skydiver whose parachute was entangled with the tail, cut away his parachute and used his reserved chute for landing.

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1991 Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

Beech 90 Non-Fatal Waynesville, OH July 20, 1991

As the jumpmaster and student jumper backed into the door of the airplane in preparation for a tandem jump, he had a uncommanded deployment of his reserve parachute, that dragged them out the door. The jumpers went under the left horizontal stabilizer while the canopy went over the top. After a few seconds, the parachute shroud lines cut through the horizontal stabilizer and deformed the left elevator

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