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From: John Cornwell <jwcornwell at>

Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 10:29:20 UTC


  In the "Mishaps Data" section of April SA, there are some curious comments
from a witness to the accident in Tyler TX.  The witness, reported to be an
aerobatic flight instructor and former Naval aviator, stated the pilot was
doing hammerhead stall maneuvers, where the plane climbed straight up, the
engine power went to idle, the plane stalled and dove nose down, and the pilot
applied power during the recovery from the dive (at 200-300 AGL).

Something's wrong here.  Power-off hammerheads?  Sounds more like slides to
me.  Aerobatic flight instructor and former Naval aviator?  Doesn't make sense
that a guy like that would get it wrong from only 1/2 mile away.

Bruce -- I know you can only work with what you got, but how much homework
does the NTSB do before issuing its findings?  I could understand that a
preliminary report may need some verification, but this one is listed as Final
(and a year and a half later).  They also state that the occupants were using
three-point restraining systems.  Never heard of those.

If this post is offensive to the friends and family of those lost, I sincerely



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