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APRIL 5, 2009, MASTIC BEACH, N.Y

The airplane collided with the Atlantic Ocean at 1325 Eastern time about 1/4 mile offshore. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot's son later said the flight's purpose was to practice aerobatics, and he was on a nearby beach with a handheld radio acting as a "safety guide." All communications with the accident airplane were "normal."

The airplane entered a "half Cuban eight" maneuver at an estimated 250 to 260 MPH and "in the middle of the Cuban eight it went into a spin." The pilot's son estimated the airplane had slowed to 100 to 120 mph, which was "too slow," and lacked the altitude to recover before crashing into the sea.

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Title Annotation:NTSB Reports; aircraft accidents
Publication:Aviation Safety
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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