Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2000 Issue

April 9, San Joaquin, Calif. / Fouga Magister

At 07:15 PDT, a Fouga CM-170 crashed in a pasture three miles north of San Joaquin. The pilot and passenger were killed. A witness about one mile north of the accident site said the airplane performed two loops, then two rolls. As the plane was coming out of the second roll he thought “something happened” because the airplane went into a spin and fell “like a piece of paper” to the ground. Another witness about 1/4 mile southeast of the accident site said the aircraft was about 2,000 feet agl going straight down and rolling to the left. The engine noise was “screaming” and he estimated the aircraft continued that way for 10 seconds. Then the roll stopped and the plane began to level, however...

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