Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2009 Issue

July 18, 2009, Santa Clarita, Calif., Lancair Experimental

The airplane impacted terrain at about 1210 Pacific time while maneuvering and was destroyed. The pilot and one passenger were killed. Visual conditions prevailed. According to a witness, he saw the accident airplane at about 2000 feet, and reported hearing "throttle adjustments," the sound of an "engine surging." The airplane performed an "aerobatic maneuver," which he described as a "flip," followed by a loop, and then the airplane stalled.

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