Preliminary Accident Reports

September 1999 Issue

June 19, Albany, Texas / Glasair I

At 21:50 CDT, the pilot of a homebuilt Glasair I was killed when he lost control while maneuvering near Albany. A witness driving on a state highway saw the nav lights at about 50 feet agl and about 100 yards off the left side of the road. She said she saw the airplane “abruptly initiate a near-vertical climb” and then saw the lights descending toward the ground as if the airplane was “corkscrewing,” but the rotation stopped as the plane’s descent continued. She did not see or hear the impact....

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