Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2005 Issue

October 2, 2004, Santa Fe, NM. / Sukhoi SU-29

At 1327 Mountain time, the airplane was destroyed and its solo ATP-rated pilot fatally injured upon impact with terrain 500 feet west of Runway 20 at the Santa Fe (N.M.) Municipal Airport. Visual conditions prevailed for the aerobatic flight, which was the second performance in the 2004 Santa Fe Air Show. An FAA inspector witnessing the airshow later reported that the airplane was high, at approximately 1500 feet AGL, when it entered an inverted spin. The inspector said, “The pilot attempted to recover but didn’t make it. The airplane struck flat in an upright, nose down attitude and was engulfed in a fireball.” A witness, one of the air show’s performers, said the pilot was performing a tor...

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