Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2011 Issue

September 17, 2011, Martinsburg, W.V., North American T-28C

The airplane sustained substantial damage at about 1434 Eastern time when it collided with terrain during a low altitude aerobatic maneuver. Visual conditions prevailed; the solo airline transport pilot was killed. The intended 15-minute airshow routine of the accident flight consisted of six airplanes. The accident occurred during an opposing pass involving the accident airplane and another T-28. The pilot of the second T-28 reported he and the accident pilot were laterally displaced and flying towards each other.

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