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Thread: [IAC-L:1019] Re: Acro/airshow pilot Jim Kincai ...
Message: [IAC-L:1019] Re: Acro/airshow pilot Jim Kincaid killed Sat.
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From: Alex Galbraith <alex_g at texas.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 19:32:33 UTC
Two words can sum up the Unfortunate accident at the San Marcos, Texas Airport..."Density Altitude." I was also flying Saturday, but in Austin which is 30 miles north of San Marcos; I was one of the volunteer pilots participating in "Challenge Air" program for disabled youth, and was experiencing the text book effects of density altitude in a C172, loaded very carefully. The OAT was around 98 degrees F with the relative humidity very high, resulting in about 100 fpm climb for most of my flights throughout the day. I agree with Herman, regarding the extra altitude...he almost had it made from viewing the video of the crash. At 11:53 AM 9/21/97 -0500, you wrote: > FYI, it was reported on TV last nite and in the Austin American > Statesman that Aerobatic pilot, instructor and Air Show > pilot Jim Kincaid of Lake Ozark MO was killed on Saturday. > He was flying in the Airshow at San Marcos Texas. > The plane was a Pitts, appears to be a S2B. Painted black or > very dark blue with Gold sunburst. Paper said he was > 60 yrs old with 20,000 hrs and 4,000 hours of acro time. > > I saw the video on TV. It looked like he did a double snap roll > on a horizontal line. The second snap recovered into a spin. > I looked like he recovered on heading after about 1 turn. > He was very low at this point but continued the pull out. > He impacted in a flat attitude, did a small bounce an skidded > 30 ft or so. It looked like he should have been able to survive > so I don't know what happend to him. If he had had another 50 or > 100 ft of altitude he would have flown out of it OK. > The paper said he died at the hospital a few hours after the accident. > > Herman >austin.ibm.com > >