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041113_181.jpg - Date of accident: 17-MAR-2010 | SNJ-6 Texan | N75AG | Pilot: Alfred F. Goss | Near highway 58, west of Bakersfield, CAOn March 17, 2010, about 1140 Pacific daylight time, a North American AT-6F airplane, N75AG, sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain while maneuvering about 15 nautical miles west of Bakersfield, California. The airline transport pilot who occupied the front pilot seat and the commercial pilot who occupied the rear pilot seat were killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. No flight plan had been filed. The flight departed the Shafter-Minter Field, Shafter, California, about 1100.     A witness located about 1 mile southeast of the accident site reported that he observed the airplane circling his farm, followed by a low pass at an altitude estimated to be between 150 to 200 feet above the ground. Another witness, who was located about one-half mile south of the accident site, reported observing the airplane circling overhead, followed by a constant, shallow rate of descent before impacting terrain in a shallow nose down attitude. The witness stated that the airplane then bounced once before impacting the terrain a second time, followed by a cloud of dust and billowing smoke.Two Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspectors, who responded to the accident site, reported that an initial assessment revealed that debris was scattered over an area estimated to be about 1,000 feet in length. The inspectors further reported that both wings and the engine had separated from the fuselage, with the fuselage coming to rest on the side of a canal. The inspectors added that the airplane had also sustained thermal damage.

Date of accident: 17-MAR-2010 | SNJ-6 Texan | N75AG | Pilot: Alfred F. Goss | Near highway 58, west of Bakersfield, CA On March 17, 2010, about 1140 Pacific daylight time, a North American AT-6F airplane, N75AG, sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain while maneuvering about 15 nautical miles west of Bakersfield, California. The airline transport pilot who occupied the front pilot seat and the commercial pilot who occupied the rear pilot seat were killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. No flight plan had been filed. The flight departed the Shafter-Minter Field, Shafter, California, about 1100. A witness located about 1 mile southeast of the accident site reported that he observed the airplane circling his farm, followed by a low pass at an altitude estimated to be between 150 to 200 feet above the ground. Another witness, who was located about one-half mile south of the accident site, reported observing the airplane circling overhead, followed by a constant, shallow rate of descent before impacting terrain in a shallow nose down attitude. The witness stated that the airplane then bounced once before impacting the terrain a second time, followed by a cloud of dust and billowing smoke. Two Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspectors, who responded to the accident site, reported that an initial assessment revealed that debris was scattered over an area estimated to be about 1,000 feet in length. The inspectors further reported that both wings and the engine had separated from the fuselage, with the fuselage coming to rest on the side of a canal. The inspectors added that the airplane had also sustained thermal damage.
Image ID: 041113_181 | | Camera: Canon EOS 10D | | Date: 11/13/04 2:15 PM
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