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Tail numberN262MX
Accident dateMarch 09, 2009
Aircraft typeMxr Technologies MX2
LocationDade City, FL
Near 28.3225 N, -82.138333 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On March 9, 2009, about 1219 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur built, MXR Technologies, MX2, N262MX, was substantially damaged following an in-flight loss of control and impact with trees and terrain, near Dade City, Florida. The airplane was registered to Aerobatic Activity, Inc. of Zephyrhills, Florida. The commercial pilot and one passenger were killed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. The flight originated at Zephyrhills, Florida about 1200.

Witnesses reported that the pilot was performing aerobatic maneuvers at the time of the accident. They reported that the pilot frequently used the area for practicing aerobatics. The pilot was reportedly scheduled to perform at the Valiant Air Command Airshow in Titusville, Florida, later in the week. During maneuvering, the witnesses observed the airplane at low altitude, followed by a stall and loss of control. The airplane was observed in a high angle of descent prior to impact with the ground.

The wreckage was found in an orange grove near the corner of Enterprise Road and Old Lakeland Parkway. The wreckage was found in an upright attitude. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that one orange tree was damaged during the accident sequence and the wreckage was "pancaked" and confined to one area. A majority of the main wreckage was damaged by a post-crash fire. All primary flight control surfaces were found within the area of the main wreckage. Two of the three propeller blades were free of s-bending and chordwise scratching. Several engine accessories were broken off at their mounts. Prior to moving the wreckage to a salvage facility, the engine crankshaft was turned by hand and internal drive train continuity was confirmed.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. According to FAA records, the passenger did not possess any pilot ratings.

The 1253 weather observation for Brooksville, Florida (BKV), located about 20 miles northwest of the accident site, included the following: surface winds variable at 4 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, a broken ceiling at 4,700 feet, temperature 79 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 54 degrees Fahrenheit, and an altimeter setting of 30.25 inches of mercury.

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