Tue, Nov 02, 2004
Four Lost In Lancair Accident
Severe weather over
South Carolina probably caused the downing of a Lancair IV last
year, after the pilot inadvertently flew into thunderstorms. So
said the NTSB Monday in its summary of the accident's probable
The pilot was operating the airplane on an IFR flight plan into
instrument meteorological conditions in an area of known
thunderstorms with severe turbulence. The airplane disappeared from
radar coverage and was located in a wheat field by Sheriff
Department personnel. The airplane sustained an in-flight airframe
breakup. Airframe components recovered from the accident site were
submitted to the NTSB Material Laboratory for examination.
The examination revealed all failures were due to overload.
Examination of the airframe revealed the airframe design limits
were exceeded. The pilot received several preflight briefings
through the use of the DUAT system. The products used forecasted
thunderstorm activity along the route of flight and the pilot
received Convective SIGMET's and Central Weather Advisories warning
of developing thunderstorms.
Four people -- pilot Greg Moser and his wife Marianne (right)
and Jeff and Eileen Bickle, were killed in the accident. All were
on their way from Portland (IN) to Beaufort (SC) for a vacation.
The NTSB ruling confirmed reports from the crash site that the
aircraft appeared to have broken up in flight.
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