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Tail numberN433PM
Accident dateJune 25, 2009
Aircraft typeP&M Aviation LTD Quikr
LocationCedar Town, GA
Near 34.017778 N, -85.141111 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 25, 2009, at 1630 eastern daylight time, a P&M Aviation LTD QuikR, Special Light Sport Aircraft, N433PM, was observed to be in a steep spiral before colliding with the ground, near Cedartown, Georgia. The certificated sport pilot and his passenger were killed, and the aircraft was substantially damaged by impact forces. The flight was operated as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from the Cedartown Airport at an unspecified time.

According to a witness, he watched as the aircraft was making steep maneuvers before it entered a downward spiral. The aircraft continued to spiral at a high rate of descent before impacting the ground in an open field.

The pilot, age 44, held a sport pilot certificate. The pilot's last medical examination was on January 1, 2008, for a third-class medical certificate with no limitations. The pilot reported 300 flight hours on his last medical application. The pilot's logbook was not available for inspection.

The two seat, weight shift, fixed gear aircraft, was manufactured in 2009. It was powered by a Rotax 912ULS, 100hp engine and equipped with a 2-bladed Senich propeller. The 2-bladed propeller was not approved for this application by the aircraft manufacturer. The recommended propeller was a 3-bladed warp drive propeller. No aircraft logbooks were available for review.

Examination of the aircraft airframe and flight control system components revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction. All flight tubes were damaged consistent with impact and showed no signs of preimpact failure. Further inspection of the engine and system components revealed valve train continuity with no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.