On January 27, 1996, about 1100 eastern standard time, a Gilpatrick experimental airplane, N26BG, registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed on landing at a private airport in the vicinity of Deland, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The commercial pilot reported minor injuries. The flight originated from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, about 1 hour 30 minutes before the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated he misjudged the wind, turned base leg and noted he could not make the end of the runway, and tried to stretch his glide. Before he could add power to stop the rate of descent the airplane collided with the ground, sheared off the landing gear, nosed over, and came to rest inverted.