Preliminary Accident Reports

November 1999 Issue

Aug. 8, Coushatta, La. / Pitts S-1S

At 10:48 CDT, a homebuilt Pitts S-1S crashed during aerobatic practice near Coushatta Airport. The pilot was killed. Three aerobatic pilots watched the accident. The pilot was practicing for an air show and said he was going to attempt two snap rolls prior to landing instead of the one snap roll he usually did. The witnesses said that, during the entry of the second snap roll, “the airplane was low on energy and low in altitude and the airplane entered a nose down spin.” The pilot had accumulated 405 hours of total flight time, of which 191 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane....

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