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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1019] Re: Acro/airshow pilot Jim Kincai ...


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>

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


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