NTSB Identification: ERA14FA153
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Washington, PA
Aircraft: WATERS PETER T AVID BANDIT, registration: N62PT
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On March 11, 2014, about 1408 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Avid Bandit, N62PT, was destroyed after impacting the ground during touch and go landings at Washington County Airport (AFJ), Washington, Pennsylvania. The sole occupant, a private pilot, was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed about 1340.
According to two eyewitnesses who work at the airport, the airplane turned from a left base to final approach for runway 27 at AFJ. As the pilot attempted to establish the airplane on short final for the runway, it entered an approximate 90 degree left bank, followed by a continuous descending left turn towards the ground. The airport witnesses did not observe the airplane impact terrain. The witnesses responded by dialing 911 and assisting with general rescue operations.
Another witness about 1 nautical mile from the approach end of runway 27 at AFJ, stated that she was outside cleaning her windows when she heard the accident airplane engine. She turned to see the accident airplane "wobbling" from side to side and then described a hard left, descending turn with the airplane's nose pointing towards the ground. She did not see the airplane impact terrain but heard a "muffled" sound that she thought was an impact. She also stated that in the six years that she has lived at the residence, the accident airplane was much lower than any other airplane that she had observed in the touch and go traffic pattern at AFJ.
Initial examination of the airplane revealed that the both wings and the forward fuselage were destroyed. All major components of the airframe and engine were located and transferred to a secure location for further examination.
A GPS unit was retained and sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory in Washington, D. C. for data download.
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