Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2001 Issue

February 10, Pecan Island, La. / Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross

At approximately 12:00 central time, an Aero Vodochody L39C operated by the Northern Lights Aerobatics team crashed while maneuvering near Pecan Island, killing the pilot and passenger. Witnesses close to the accident site observed the jet maneuvering at low altitude over the pilotís hunting camp for several minutes prior to the accident. They stated that the jet was in a wings level, inverted position just seconds prior to ground impact. A few of the witnesses said they thought the pilot, part owner of the Northern Lights, was attempting to roll upright as the airplane impacted the ground at a high rate of speed....

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