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Tail numberN37JD
Accident dateAugust 07, 2009
Aircraft typeHooper James A Bushby Mus
LocationGladwin, MI
Near 43.970556 N, -84.475 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 7, 2009, approximately 1555 eastern daylight time, a Hooper Bushby Mustang MMII experimental airplane, N37JD, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain while maneuvering near Gladwin, Michigan. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant and registered owner of the airplane, sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The local flight departed the Jack Barstow Airport (3BS), Midland, Michigan, at 1540.

According to preliminary radar data, the airplane departed 3BS from runway 06 and made a turn to the north. The airplane continued north and made a series of 3 turns between 2,500 and 2,700 feet mean sea level (msl). The airplane then made a turn back toward 3BS and shortly thereafter, radar contact was lost.

On the morning of August 8, 2009, the airplane was reported missing by family members. A search was initiated and the airplane was located in wooded terrain at 1530.

Inspectors from the Federal Aviation responded to the accident site. An examination of the accident site revealed the airplane impacted terrain in a nose low attitude. The wreckage distribution was confined to an area approximately 100 feet in diameter. All major components and flight control surfaces of the airplane were located at the accident site. The airplane was recovered for further examination.

At 1553, the Houghton Lake (HTL) automated weather observing system, located approximately 24 nautical miles north of the accident site, reported the wind from 190 degrees at 3 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, sky clear, temperature 21 degrees Celsius, dew point 10 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.17 inches of Mercury.

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