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. The witness reported that the airplane was losing altitude, and descended behind the treeline; he then heard the airplane impact the ground. He stated that the whole event lasted about 15 seconds.


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