Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2004 Issue

September 10, 2004, Cleveland, Ga. / Christian Eagle II

The airplane collided with the ground while performing a series of aerobatic maneuvers. The Airline Transport pilot and his passenger received fatal injuries; the airplane was substantially damaged. According to a witness, the airplane made four passes near his location. On each pass the witness saw the airplane do a slow roll or a loop, and on two passes the airplane did both a roll and a loop. On the last pass, the airplane did a slow aileron roll, flew a short distance and did an inside loop. As the airplane came out of the loop, it never returned to horizontal flight but flew out of the bottom of the loop in a shallow dive at an angle of about 15 degrees....

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