September 1, 2012, Davenport, Iowa, Aero Vodochody L39C Albatros


At approximately 1330 Central time, the airplane sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain while maneuvering during an air show performance. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

Video and witness information revealed the flight of three L-39s were traveling in a westerly direction away from the spectators. According to the lead pilot, the airplanes were executing a crossover break maneuver, which the accident airplane initiated from the left wing position. The accident airplane entered a right turn, descended and impacted the terrain. A post-impact fire ensued. No evidence of any in-flight collision with the other airplanes was observed.


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