Preliminary Accident Reports

August 1999 Issue

May 2, Westtown, N.Y. / Pitts S-1S

At about 17:40 EDT, a homebuilt Pitts S-1S crashed near Westtown, killing the pilot. A witness flying with the accident pilot in a separate airplane, said the accident pilot wanted to practice her “sportsman” aerobatics routine for an upcoming competition. The witness stayed about ¼-mile to the east and watched the accident pilot practice. The accident pilot entered her aerobatics sequence approximately 3,500 feet msl, and completed several maneuvers before entering a spin to the left. After 1¼ turns the airplane’s rotation started to slow, but then accelerated two turns later. About seven turns into the spin, the witness received a radio transmission from the accident pilot in which she sai...

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