NTSB Identification: WPR12LA241
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 01, 2012 in Salinas, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/03/2014
Aircraft: WESTCOTT PROWLER JAGUAR, registration: N125CW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Witnesses reported that the airplane accelerated down the runway, and immediately after takeoff the nose pitched up, and the airplane stalled, rolled, pitched down, and impacted the ground nose first. A postaccident examination of the flight control surfaces revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
The forensic pathologist who performed the postmortem examination of the pilot reported that the pilot experienced a sudden cardiac event as a result of coronary artery atherosclerosis while piloting the airplane. The cardiac event is commonly associated with sudden unexpected death and would have resulted in incapacitation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inability to maintain airplane control during takeoff due to an incapacitating cardiac event.
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