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KE15_281.jpg - Date of accident: 17-SEP-2011 | T-28C Trojan | N688GR | Pilot: John W. Mangan | Martinsburg, WVAfter takeoff for an airshow performance, the pilot performed maneuvers consisting of a barrel roll, loop, and an opposing pass with another airplane, culminating with an aileron roll. Witnesses and recorded video indicated that after the two airplanes crossed, the accident pilot began an aileron roll to the left, which degraded into a barrel roll. After completing about 270 degrees of the roll, the airplane stopped rolling and continued in a right-wing-down, nose-low attitude until impact. Review of the video revealed no separation of airplane parts and no obvious attempt by the pilot to recover. Post accident examination of the airframe and flight controls and a cursory examination of the engine revealed no evidence of pre-impact failure or malfunction that would have precluded normal operation.Probable cause of this accident to be: The pilot's impairment or incapacitation that occurred during a low-altitude aerobatic maneuver due to complications from a recent heart attack, resulting in his inability to maintain control of the airplane.

Date of accident: 17-SEP-2011 | T-28C Trojan | N688GR | Pilot: John W. Mangan | Martinsburg, WV After takeoff for an airshow performance, the pilot performed maneuvers consisting of a barrel roll, loop, and an opposing pass with another airplane, culminating with an aileron roll. Witnesses and recorded video indicated that after the two airplanes crossed, the accident pilot began an aileron roll to the left, which degraded into a barrel roll. After completing about 270 degrees of the roll, the airplane stopped rolling and continued in a right-wing-down, nose-low attitude until impact. Review of the video revealed no separation of airplane parts and no obvious attempt by the pilot to recover. Post accident examination of the airframe and flight controls and a cursory examination of the engine revealed no evidence of pre-impact failure or malfunction that would have precluded normal operation. Probable cause of this accident to be: The pilot's impairment or incapacitation that occurred during a low-altitude aerobatic maneuver due to complications from a recent heart attack, resulting in his inability to maintain control of the airplane.
Image ID: KE15_281 | | Camera: Canon EOS 40D | | Date: 5/15/11 1:08 PM
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