Pilot Landed On Remaining Runway After First Takeoff Attempt,
Went Down On Second
The NTSB's preliminary report for an accident involving a Kitfox
in which two people were fatally injured offers few clues as to
what may have gone wrong. A witness told investigators that the
pilot said he would be making a "short landing" following a takeoff
attempt, and later heard the same pilot announce a "straight out"
departure from Caldwell Industrial Airport (KEUL), in Caldwell, ID.
That second takeoff resulted in the pilot and his wife being
fatally injured when the Kitfox, which the pilot had built in 2008,
Parachutes Can Be Carried On Board Commercial Airliners
The TSA has issued a set of guidelines to its screeners that
will make it easier for skydivers to travel with their gear ... AND
avoid checked baggage fees. The new guidelines clarify that
parachutes equipped with an Automatic Activation Devices (AAD) are
not hazardous, and supplies guidance for X-ray screeners when they
encounter those devices.
ANN RealTime Update, 09.19.11, 1204ET:
We have been informed that the death toll has risen to ten people
and that a number of identifications are now being released. We'll
have more info shortly...
Original Report: The truly horrific
events of the weekend are still reverberating throughout the
aviation industry as knowledgeable aviation people dig in to deal
with what happened in a professional manner and the "Insta-Pundits"
continue to misinform the public and embarrass the human race. An
NTSB Briefing concluded late Sunday, with additional details, but
it's obvious that they have dug in and are giving this matter very
Fatal Accidents In Experimental Aircraft Under FAA Targets
The EAA reports that the fatal accident rate in the
Experimental-Amateur Built (E-AB) category continues to decline,
and has renewed its call for separate accident statistics in that
category. The FAA tracks accidents by fiscal year, which concludes
at the end of this month.