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Tail numberN511MD
Accident dateSeptember 09, 2008
Aircraft typeDufault Mark V Pitts S-1D
LocationRidgely, MD
Near 38.97 N, -75.866389 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On September 9, 2008, about 1900 eastern daylight time, an amateur built Pitts S-1D, N511MD, was substantially damaged under unknown circumstances at Ridgely Airpark (RJD), Ridgely, Maryland. The certificated private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector, On September 10, 2008. A family member discovered the pilot, and wreckage of the airplane, on the airport grounds at approximately 0218. There were no witnesses to the accident. The time of the accident was estimated by the FAA. The last contact with the pilot by his family had been at approximately 1800.

Examination of the airplane and accident site revealed that the airplane had come to rest against the base of a tree approximately 600 feet west-northwest from the departure end of runway 33.

Ground scars and the main landing gear assembly where discovered approximately 75 feet prior to where the airplane had come to rest.

Further examination revealed that the airplane was not equipped with position lights, a rotating beacon, communications equipment, or an emergency locator transmitter. No evidence of any preimpact malfunctions or failures of the airplane, engine, or flight controls were discovered.

According to FAA pilot and medical records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He reported 750 total hours of flight experience on his most recent application for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate, dated June 28, 2001.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane received its special airworthiness certificate on September 7, 1999.

A weather observation taken about 2 minutes before the estimated time of the accident at Easton / Newnam Field Airport (ESN), Easton, Maryland, located approximately 14 nautical miles southwest of the accident site, recorded the wind as calm, visibility 7 miles, scattered clouds at 3,500 feet, temperature 23 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 22 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

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