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German govt plane crash lands, disrupts airport traffic

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:37

A German government plane crash-landed today, briefly disrupting traffic at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport, in the latest of a series of technical faults to plague the official fleet.

No passengers were onboard the Luftwaffe’s Global 5000 jet, but the crew was being examined by doctors for injuries, a spokesman for the airforce told AFP.

The aircraft experienced technical problems soon after takeoff and then had serious trouble landing at the Berlin airport.

“The aircraft took off from Schoenefeld for a so-called functional flight, which takes place regularly after maintenance work, and during the flight, there was a malfunction, forcing the aircraft to turn back,” said the spokesman.

“The jet touched the ground with both wings and a controlled landing was no longer possible.”

The runway was briefly closed while the plane was towed away, leading to the disruption of dozens of flights.

After the incident, Schoenefeld announced at 7.30am GMT that flight schedules had been suspended and approaching planes were diverted to Berlin’s other airport, Tegel, northwest of the city centre.

The airport was open again by 10am GMT, but Berlin Airport Services tweeted “delays may still occur”.

The incident is the latest in a string of mishaps suffered by the government’s fleet of aircraft in recent months.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel missed the beginning of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires last November as the plane carrying her from Berlin encountered electrical problems and was forced to land in Cologne.

The “Konrad Adenauer” Airbus A340 was given a complete overhaul following the incident but on its first outing since, on 1 April, it blew a tyre on landing in New York with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on board.

The plane eventually had to be towed to its parking space, but the delay meant that Maas missed his first appointments at the UN.

In March, the foreign minister was stranded in Mali due to a hydraulic problem with his Airbus A319’s landing gear.

The plane woes have also hit other top German officials.

At the end of January, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was stuck in Ethiopia for similar reasons while Development Minister Gerd Mueller had to cancel a trip to Namibia at the start of the year owing to problems with his plane.

With the Konrad Adenauer back in the repair workshop, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz recently had to fly on a smaller plane, the A321, which required mid-route refuelling in Iceland to complete its journey to the United States.

In response to the defects, the German government announced last week they are paying €1.2 billion to buy three new Airbus A350s planes, the first of which will be delivered in 2020.

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Pilot suffers minor injuries in Lebanon plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:36

LEBANON, Ind. (WTHR) – An Indiana pilot went to the hospital after his plane went down Monday afternoon at the Boone County Airport.

He only has minor injuries, thanks in part to other pilots who rushed over to help when they saw the crash.

One of those fellow pilots, Mark Van Zant, even took cell phone video of the accident, which the NTSB is now using in its investigation.

That video shows the moment the small experimental 1972 Houlihan RTH Jungster Bi-Plane flipped and crashed on a grassy runway.

Van Zant, a pilot and mechanic himself, was working on his own plane at the Boone County Airport around 4:00 Monday afternoon. He said he took out his phone and started recording when he saw the aircraft do a touch-and-go, then make a few low passes as if it was in trouble.

“I kind of thought something might happen, but I was hopeful it wouldn’t happen and then it did happen,” Van Zant said.

Investigators say 55-year-old James Petko of Mishawaka was flying the bi-plane. Petko later told rescuers he was headed north from Bloomington and wasn’t familiar with this airport. He didn’t know that after heavy rains one area of the grass runway tends to flood.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly where Van Zant saw him landing long.

“It put him closer to where the water was at the end of the runway and shortly after he touched down and landed, his whole plane flipped over upside down,” Van Zant said. “Thankfully there was a bunch of other guys out at the airport that day because normally there’s not somebody out there.”

Van Zant and three other guys hopped in their trucks and raced to the runway, where they say Petko was trapped and bleeding – the nose of his plane, stuck in the mud.

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Amphibious plane makes ‘bumpy’ landing at Tyler airport, one runway shut down

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:34

By Christian Terry

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A plane had a bumpy landing Monday at Tyler-Pounds Regional Airport.

According to Jenny Wells, spokesperson for the City of Tyler, the Cessna 185 float plane was having trouble getting its landing gear down and ended up landing on its floats on runway 422.

Wells said there were two people on board the plane when it landed and they were not injured. Damage to the plane is minimal.

Wells said runway 422 will be closed for the next 12 hours as a special removal team will be brought in the take the plane off the runway. She said no flights should be affected as the airport has two other runways open.

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Plane flying out of Piedmont Triad International Airport strikes birds; damaged plane returns to airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:33


An airplane flying out of Piedmont Triad International Airport Monday morning struck a flock of birds and had to return to the airport.

American Airlines flight 3930 was heading for Texas around 7:15 a.m. when the plane hit the birds, a passenger told FOX8.

An American Airlines official confirmed the bird strike. A replacement aircraft was en route to the airport.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:32

47 Years ago today: On 16 April 1972 an ATI Fokker F-27 crashed near Ardinello di Amasend, Italy, killing all 18 occupants.

Date: Sunday 16 April 1972 Time: ca 22:10 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 Operator: Aero Trasporti Italiani – ATI Registration: I-ATIP C/n / msn: 10251 First flight: 1964 Total airframe hrs: 20461 Cycles: 26490 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15 Total: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Ardinello di Amaseno (   Italy) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy Destination airport: Foggia Airport (FOG/LIBF), Italy Flightnumber: 392

ATI flight BM392 was a scheduled service from Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Foggia (FOG). The flight was cleared for takeoff from runway 16 and takeoff was accomplished at 21:56. Immediately after takeoff the crew contacted the Rome Departure controller. The controller confirmed the en route clearance via Pratica, Latina and Teano. He then instructed the flight crew to contact Pratica di Mare. The crew was not able to contact the air traffic controller at Pratica di Mare. At 22:00 the flight contacted Rome Departure again. They reported leaving FL65 for FL110 and noted their problems of contacting Pratica. They were then instructed to call Rome-Control (Terminal Sector South). At 22:04 flight 392 contacted the Terminal Sector South controller and reported at FL100, estimating Latina at 22:10.
At 22:05 the flight was cleared to climb to FL150, following the specific request of the pilot. The F-27 was also cleared for a direct route to Teano, skipping Latina.
Three minutes later the pilot reported passing FL135 and the crew were instructed to switch frequencies to Teano. Nothing more was heard from the flight. By then the flight entered an area of poor weather with local thunderstorm activity. The aircraft had almost reached FL150 when it suddenly lost 1200 ft of altitude and the airspeed dropped 30 knots. This developed into phugoid oscillations from which the pilots were not able to recover. The airplane entered a descent and struck the ground at 340 knots at an angle of 20 degrees.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 03:41

4/16/1947 the Texas City, Texas disaster killed 581 including twenty-seven firefighters and 3,500 were injured when 2,300 tons ammonium nitrate fertilizer aboard the SS Grandcamp exploded. Smoke was spotted from one of the cargo holds, fearing damaging the cargo the hold was secured attempting to smother the (oxidizer) fire, at 9:00 a.m. “a pretty gold, yellow color flame with an orange smoke” erupted from the hold and within minutes it exploded. “The Grandcamp’s explosion triggered the worst industrial disaster, resulting in the largest number of casualties, in American history. Such was the intensity of the blasts and the ensuing confusion that no one was able to establish precisely the number of dead and injured. Ultimately, the Red Cross and the Texas Department of Public Safety counted 405 identified and 63 unidentified dead. Another 100 persons were classified as “believed missing” because no trace of their remains was ever found. Estimates of the injured are even less precise but appear to have been on the order of 3,500 persons. Although not all casualties were residents of Texas City, the total was equivalent to a staggering 25 percent of the towns estimated population of 16,000. Aggregate property loss amounted to almost $100 million, or more than $700 million in today’s monetary value. Even so, this figure may be too low, because this estimate does not include 1.5 million barrels of petroleum products consumed in flames, valued at approximately $500 million in 1947 terms. Refinery infrastructure and pipelines, including about fifty oil storage tanks, incurred extensive damage or total destruction. The devastated Monsanto plant alone represented about $ 20 million of the total. Even though the port’s break-bulk cargo-handling operations never resumed, Monsanto was rebuilt in little more than a year, and the petrochemical industry recovered quickly. One-third of the town’s 1,519 houses were condemned, leaving 2,000 persons homeless and exacerbating an already-serious postwar housing shortage. Over the next six months, displaced victims returned as houses were repaired or replaced, and most of those who suffered severe trauma appear to have recovered relatively quickly. What could never be made good was the grief and bleak future confronting more than 800 grieving widows, children, and dependent parents.”

4/16/1916 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while operating at an alarm.

4/16/1941 a Grand Rapids, Michigan firefighter “died from blunt trauma after being trapped.”

4/16/1946 a Methuen, Massachusetts firefighter “died from blunt trauma after a fall.”

4/16/1946 a Chicago, IL firefighter “collapsed while fighting a 4-11 fire at a factory at 2614 W. 19th Street. The fire caused $50,000 in damage, and the flames from the fire shot fifty feet into the air, sent up a 1,000-foot column of smoke, and attracted 10,000 spectators. Firefighters responding to the alarm also sought to contain the fire’s flying embers from igniting neighboring houses, and to prevent the flames from spreading to the adjacent three-story building. Suburban trains were delayed by hose lines across nearby tracks.”

4/16/1980 a Prince George’s County, Glenn Dale, Maryland firefighter died after a gas explosion during building fire. “On arrival, crews began conducting a search of the building to assure all residents had evacuated and commenced ventilation of the building. He was working in the front of the building clearing windows in an effort to assist crews who were operating inside the structure. Without warning, a massive natural gas explosion occurred, collapsing two floors of the building as well as a large portion of the brick façade from the building into the area immediately in front of the structure. As the building collapsed, he was trapped beneath several tons of brick and rubble. Once rescuers reached him, it was clear that he had suffered massive and life-threatening injuries.”

4/16/1980 a Gadsden, AL firefighter “suffered smoke inhalation while operating at the scene of a fire in a single-story dwelling. He was taken to the hospital where he suffered a cardiac arrest after.”

4/16/2007 a Prince William County, Virginia firefighter “was fatally injured while trapped in the master bedroom during a wind-driven residential structure fire. His death was caused by thermal and inhalational injuries.”

4/16/2012 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while battling a three-alarm fire in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He led a team of firefighters who stretched and operated a hoseline in a mezzanine area of the first floor. While battling the fire, he became overheated and collapsed. Firefighters from Ladder 112 removed him on a stretcher to the street where he initially was conscious and alert. He was placed in an ambulance, and EMS personnel began to treat him when he suddenly became unconscious, he was rushed by ambulance to Woodhull Hospital where he later died.”

4/16/1996 fire destroyed the 85,000 square foot single-story noncombustible Lowe’s bulk retail store in Albany, GA at approximately 11:21 a.m. The fire started in a 20-foot-high rack used to store calcium hypochlorite pool chemicals with only ceiling sprinkler protection with a hydraulically design discharge density of 0.33 gpm/ft2 over 3,000 square feet. “The rapidly growing fire appears to have overwhelmed the building’s sprinkler systems, and fire conditions prohibited firefighters from performing interior fire fighting operations upon their arrival.”

4/16/1984 a plywood manufacturing plant, the International Paper Company, in Nacogdoches, Texas was destroyed by fire around 12:25 p.m. that started during a welding operation that ignited deposits of oil, pitch, and wood dust and spread rapidly above and below the automatic sprinklers in the 218,000 undivided square foot wood structure with a 19,000 square foot steel addition that was protected throughout by twelve dry-pipe automatic sprinkler systems and two dry-pipe standpipes.

4/16/2015 an explosion around 1:56 p.m. at the Magne Gas Corporation, 150 Rainville Road in Tarpon Springs, FL killed one person and seriously injured another of the twenty-five employees in the building. “Magne Gas is a waste-to-energy company that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel…”

416/2014 a portion of Road 1, the main artery from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, was shut down for hours when a bus caught fire near Neve Ilan. No injuries were reported.

4/16/2012 Philadelphia, PA four people were found dead in a house fire just before 5:00 a.m. “firefighters on the scene have not found any smoke detectors inside the home.”

4/16/1927 a still explosion in Chicago, IL left eight dead and damaged four buildings.

4/16/1909 St. George Hotel, a lodging house, in a large three-story frame building fire in San Francisco, CA killed six and injured six of the 180 guests around 3:00 a.m. at Howard and Eighth Streets.

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Facebook Live: Man slams fire department’s water problems during house fire

Statter 911 - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 18:48

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:15

Columbus firefighters escaped a Franklinton house fire on Sunday morning before the chimney and ceiling collapsed.

The blaze was reported at about 3 a.m. at 79 Rodgers Ave.

Nobody was inside the home at the time of the fire, but firefighters were pulled out of the house when the chimney started to collapse onto the building.

The chimney collapsed causing the ceiling to collapse into the house.

No injuries have been reported and as of 6:30 a.m. crews were still at the scene.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:47

A Daytona Beach firefighter was injured early Monday while battling a blaze at an apartment complex, officials said.

The fire broke out around 3 a.m. along Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard.

The firefighter was taken to a hospital, but details about the injuries are not known.

The fire forced four people out of their homes, but no one else was hurt.

Investigators believe an electrical problem caused the fire.

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The fireground selfie remains alive and well despite STATter911 general order

Statter 911 - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:49

Jersey Shore commercial fire becomes backdrop for firefighters

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Today is Monday the 15th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:40

We start the new week with these stories…

Have a great week, be safe out there!


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At least three killed in Summit Air plane crash at Lukla airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:38


A co-pilot and two policemen were killed when a Summit Air plane skidded off the runway during take-off and collided with two parked helicopters at Lukla airport on Sunday morning.

Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari said that S Dhungana, co-pilot of the plane, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident. Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the incident and airlifted to Kathmandu, died at Grande Hospital, hospital sources said.

The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway. 

Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were also injured in the incident. They are receiving treatment at Grande Hospital and are said to be out of danger. The aircraft had hit the helicopters of Manang Air and Shree Air.

Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, is the gateway to Mt Everest. It is often referred to as one of the most difficult and dangerous airports in the world because of a short runway (527 metres) and challenging terrain.

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Small plane crashes in Nassau County: police

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:36


VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — A small plane crashed onto a residential street in Nassau County on Sunday night, police said.

The Cessna 172 aircraft crashed about 2 miles northeast of John F. Kennedy International Airport around 10:20 p.m., according to the FAA.

The incident happened on Clarendon Drive, according to police.

Police initially said the plane crashed into a home, but footage of the scene shows the plane appears to have crashed in the front yard of a house.

While police said two people were on board, an FAA official later said “initial reports indicate three people were on board.”

It does not appear as if anyone was injured, according to police.

The FAA plans to investigate.

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Mississippi plane crash kills 3 including married couple, officials say

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:34

By Nicole Darrah | Fox News

Three people, including a married couple, were killed on Saturday after a plane crashed in North Mississippi, officials said.

Co-pilot Tommy Nix and his wife, Merline Nix, of Belmont, and co-pilot Jarrod Holloway, of Booneville, were identified by Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards as those who died in the crash.

The Rockwell Sabreliner 65 aircraft in which they were flying crashed around 10 p.m. between New Albany and Blue Springs, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson told The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear why the plane, which was headed to Alabama’s Marion County-Rankin Fite Airport from University-Oxford Airport in Mississippi, crashed.

The state and the southern U.S. saw severe storms over the weekend, which included tornadoes and flooding that left eight people dead.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency on Sunday following the powerful weather.

The FAA spokesperson said both the agency and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.

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One hospitalized after plane crashes in Yolo County

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:33

by Matthew Keys

Federal aviation officials are investigating the cause of a small plane crash that happened Saturday morning near Winters.

First responders were called to the scene of the crash around 11:15 a.m. near County Road 31 in unincorporated Yolo County, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Officials told KCRA-TV the pilot of the plane took off from Yolo County Airport near Davis and then flipped the plane after trying to land in a nearby field. It was not clear why the pilot was trying to land the plane in a field or if there was an emergency during flight.

One person, believed to be the pilot, was taken to the hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the cause of the crash. No other information was released.

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Pilot Recovering After Ultralight Plane Crash in Paulden

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:30


A pilot avoided life-threatening injuries when his small, homemade aircraft crashed in northern Arizona.

Yavapai County sheriff’s officials say 51-year-old Kenneth Seebeck was conscious when they found him amid the wreckage of his ultralight plane Thursday afternoon.

He was airlifted to a Flagstaff hospital in stable condition with some broken bones.

Seebeck’s father, who was at the scene, told deputies they had built the aircraft and decided to test it in an open area off Highway 89 in Paulden. The airplane went down within a minute after take-off.

The incident prompted a passing motorist to report to 911 a small aircraft crashing.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

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Ackerman man killed after crashing plane into Scott County field

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:29

By Josh Carter

LAKE, MS (WLBT) – One man is dead after crashing his plane into a field near Ole Sawmill Road in Lake, Mississippi.

The accident happened around midnight Friday, April 12th.

The man has been identified as 53-year-old Walter Stanford of Ackerman.

According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, neighbors in the area heard the crash Friday night, but were unsure as to what it was.

The small, two-seat plane was not found until Saturday morning. Stanford was the only person inside.

The pilot’s body has been taken in for autopsy.

FAA and NTSB are on the scene trying to discover what caused the crash.

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Aldino Airport: Officials

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:28

Emergency personnel were summoned after a small plane went down Friday in a field in Harford County, officials reported.

By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — A small aircraft went down near the Aldino airport Friday morning after the pilot made an emergency landing, according to officials. Nobody was injured.

The aircraft was located in a field in the 3700 block of Aldino Road at 8:42 a.m. on Friday, April 12, according to Jenn Chenworth, spokeswoman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Upon taking off from the Harford County Airport — which is nearby in the 3500 block of Aldino Road — the plane experienced an engine failure, officials said, so the pilot forced an emergency landing.

The Level Volunteer Fire Company was called to the scene and was clearing the incident around 9 a.m., Chenworth said. According to authorities, there was minor damage to the plane.

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NTSB: Dog In Cockpit Contributed To Fatal Accident

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:26

Commercial Pilot, 90, Fatally Injured In July 2017

The NTSB has released a probable cause report from an accident which occurred July 1, 2017 which fatally injured 90-year-old commercial-rated pilot Jerry Naylor. 

Naylor was making a personal flight in a Flight Design CTSW registered to Mooney of Monticello Inc. Naylor had departed from the Montecello, IA municipal airport with his dog, which weighed between 70 and 75 pounds, in the passenger seat of the airplane.

According to the report, a witness, who was piloting another airplane in the traffic pattern, reported that, while he was on the downwind leg, he saw the accident airplane on final approach to the runway. The witness subsequently lost visual contact with the accident airplane as he turned his airplane onto the base leg. The witness did not see the accident airplane on the runway or taxiway after he turned onto final approach. The witness conducted a go-around and then saw the accident airplane in a cornfield adjacent to the runway. After the accident, the witness saw the pilot’s dog running out of the cornfield where the airplane had crashed.

Based on available ground track and engine data, the airplane crossed the runway 27 threshold at a calculated airspeed of 48 knots. About 3 seconds later, the airplane turned right away from the runway heading, and the engine speed increased to takeoff power. The airplane subsequently descended right wing down into the cornfield about 250 ft north of the runway centerline. The final calculated airspeed was about 44 knots. Although the airplane’s wings-level aerodynamic stall speed with the wing flaps fully extended was 39 knots, the stall speed would have increased exponentially with the bank angle as the airplane turned right.

According to the pilot’s son, the pilot routinely flew with his dog. He added that the pilot had installed a homemade, removable, plywood device to prevent the right-seat passenger (or his dog) from inadvertently contacting the rudder pedals during flight. Although the device was not approved to be installed in the airplane, there was no evidence that it interfered with the full movement of either control stick or the pilot-side rudder pedals. Postaccident examination of the airplane and engine did not reveal any evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Given the ground track and engine data, it is likely that the dog contacted the aileron and/or stabilator controls during landing, which resulted in the pilot’s loss of airplane control and a subsequent aerodynamic stall at a low altitude when the airplane exceeded its critical angle of attack.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s decision to fly with his large dog in the two-seat, light sport airplane, and the dog’s likely contact with the flight controls during landing, which resulted in the pilot’s loss of airplane control and a subsequent aerodynamic stall when the airplane exceeded its critical angle of attack.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file. Not accident airplane)

FMI: Report

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