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090426_059.jpg - Date of accident: 12-MAR-2011 | WACO UPF-7| N30136 | Pilot: Kyle Franklin | Brownsville, TXOn March 12, 2011, about 1500 central standard time, a Waco UPF-7 airplane, N30136, collided with the ground following a loss of engine power while maneuvering during an air show performance at Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO), Brownsville, Texas. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. A post accident fire partially consumed the fuselage. The airplane was registered to Jim Franklin Aviation Service, Inc., Ruidoso, New Mexico, and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an air show flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from BRO approximately 1445.    According to the pilot's representative and several witness videos, the airplane was maneuvering when the engine lost power. The passenger, a wing-walker, was on top of the wing at the time the engine experienced the problem. The wing-walker immediately entered the forward cockpit seat and the pilot initiated a forced landing. The airplane impacted the ground adjacent to the runway. The pilot observed no unusual indications on the engine instruments prior to the loss of engine power.    Examination of the airplane revealed the fuselage sustained fire damage. The main landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest upright. An unspecified amount of fuel was noted in the center wing fuel tank.

Date of accident: 12-MAR-2011 | WACO UPF-7| N30136 | Pilot: Kyle Franklin | Brownsville, TX On March 12, 2011, about 1500 central standard time, a Waco UPF-7 airplane, N30136, collided with the ground following a loss of engine power while maneuvering during an air show performance at Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO), Brownsville, Texas. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. A post accident fire partially consumed the fuselage. The airplane was registered to Jim Franklin Aviation Service, Inc., Ruidoso, New Mexico, and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an air show flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from BRO approximately 1445. According to the pilot's representative and several witness videos, the airplane was maneuvering when the engine lost power. The passenger, a wing-walker, was on top of the wing at the time the engine experienced the problem. The wing-walker immediately entered the forward cockpit seat and the pilot initiated a forced landing. The airplane impacted the ground adjacent to the runway. The pilot observed no unusual indications on the engine instruments prior to the loss of engine power. Examination of the airplane revealed the fuselage sustained fire damage. The main landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest upright. An unspecified amount of fuel was noted in the center wing fuel tank.
Image ID: 090426_059 | | Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III | | Date: 4/26/09 10:36 AM
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