July 02, Queen Anne, Md. / Zlin 526F


At about 18:00 eastern time, a Zlin 526F crashed near Queen Anne, killing the pilot and leaving the passenger seriously injured. The pilot-rated passenger said the two were going flying and the owner had him sit in the rear, primary pilot position. The two donned parachutes because they contemplated flying aerobatics. The pilot flew the airplane to a local aerobatic training area and performed several aerobatic maneuvers. The airplane entered an inverted spin and the passenger released the canopy and bailed out. His parachute had barely deployed when he hit the ground. The pilot, who held a CFI rating, did not bail out.


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