NTSB Identification: CHI05LA030.
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Accident occurred Saturday, November 13, 2004 in Omaha, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: HEDGE Bede-4, registration: N435BD
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a stall/spin while on approach to land. A witness reported he saw the airplane flying low in a southerly direction. He stated that he heard a loud noise and saw the airplane spiraling toward the ground, subsequently impacting the ground nose first. The accident site was located approximately 540 feet north of the approach end of runway 17. The airplane was oriented on a 040-degree magnetic heading. Debris was confined to the area immediately surrounding the aircraft. No impact marks in the terrain except for those in the immediate vicinity of the aircraft were observed. An individual who knew the accident pilot reported that he had the tendency to make "flat, skidding" turns, with little or no bank angle. A post-accident examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any evidence of a pre-impact anomaly. Flight control continuity was verified from the control surfaces to the cabin area.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane resulting in a stall and spin, while on approach to land. Contributing factors were the airplane's low altitude and low airspeed at the time of loss of control. Full narrative available
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