Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2001 Issue

Nov. 28, Tyler, Texas / Christen Eagle

At 16:24 central time, an amateur-built Christen Eagle II crashed while maneuvering near Tyler. The owner and a pilot-rated passenger were killed. A witness, an aerobatic flight instructor and former Navy pilot, said the airplane had completed about four hammerhead stalls and was conducting its fifth when the accident occurred. The witness said the pilot was maneuvering below a layer of scattered clouds he estimated to be at 3,000 feet agl. During each of the hammerhead stalls the pilot was recovering from the dive at approximately 200 to 300 feet agl. The witness stated that, on the last maneuver, the airplane flew “dangerously low.”...

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