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Tail numberN2456
Accident dateAugust 08, 2009
Aircraft typeStump Bradley Kolb
LocationCalhoun, TN
Near 35.271667 N, -84.721667 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 8, 2009, at 1015 central daylight time, a Bradley Stump, Kolb M3X, experimental amateur-built airplane, N2456, was substantially damaged following a loss of control inflight in Calhoun, Tennessee. The certificated private pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, and a 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 personal flight. The flight originated from Hardwick Field (HDI), Cleveland, Tennessee, at an undetermined time.

According to a witness who heard the small airplane passing by, he looked up and observed the airplane climb straight up and then do a “cartwheel” and come straight down then level out. The airplane did this maneuver three times; however, on the third time the airplane went straight up and “flipped over backwards, started spinning, and then collided with the ground”. The witness called 911 and reported the accident.

Examination of the wreckage by an inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found that the airplane had impacted trees and the ground at near vertical nose down attitude, substantially damaging the engine, cockpit, wings, empennage and stabilizers.

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