Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2009 Issue

November 6, 2008, Wallace, Calif., Universal Globe Swift

The airplane was destroyed when it impacted flat terrain at an unknown time, killing the solo pilot. Visual conditions prevailed. The flight was to test a retractable tailwheel installed on the airplane. It was a flight of two, with a friend of the pilotís flying behind to observe the tailwheel operation. The second pilot reported nothing unusual was noted with the flight until he observed the accident airplane flying "erratically." He attempted to raise the accident pilot on the radio, but received no response.

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