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The commercial pilot took off from a dry lake bed in Flanigan, Nevada, in a Kitfox S7 SuperSport with a another airplane for people on the ground to visually compare the two.
After a normal flight, the second airplane landed. The pilot flew past the landing spot, pulled into a nose-high attitude, and made a rapid left turn. He pushed on the left rudder control, and the left wing stalled.
He attempted to recover from the stall, however the airplane was at too low of an altitude to recover, and it hit the ground in a nose-low attitude. The pilot was seriously injured in the crash.
The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. It is likely that he failed to maintain airspeed during the sharp turn, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during a sharp turn at low altitude, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.
This November 2018 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
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