Preliminary Accident Reports

March 1999 Issue

Dec. 4, Brooklyn, Conn. / Gulfstream American AA-1 Yankee

At about 13:45 EST, the pilot of an American AA-1 Yankee was killed when the airplane crashed into a river shortly after takeoff from Danielson Airport. Witnesses reported the pilot initiated a steep climb, at which point the engine “cut out” and the airplane descended into the river. An annual inspection had been completed recently, and the mechanic stated that the airplane was in “mint” condition. The airplane received a supplemental type certificate to replace the original engine with a Lycoming O-320. The airplane did not have an STC to use auto gas, yet inspectors discovered a strong odor of automobile gas at the scene. The pilot previously held a commercial pilot certificate that was s...

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