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Tail numberN99YK
Accident dateJanuary 03, 2009
Aircraft typeNanchang China CJ-6
LocationJustin, TX
Near 33.080556 N, -97.358889 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On January 3, 2009 at approximately 1345 central standard time (CST) a single engine experimental Nanchang China airplane, YAK 18-A, N99YK was destroyed and consumed by a post crash fire after a loss of control and impact with terrain while on base leg for landing at Propwash Airport (16X), Justin Texas. The aircraft was owned by a Corporation and operated by a private individual and being flown in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. No flight plan was filed for the visual flight rules (VFR) local area flight. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries.

This airplane was flight lead of a 3 airplane local area pleasure flight. The pilot called the flight and announced an overflight of Propwash airport in loose trail formation conducting a right break to enter the traffic pattern at 3 second intervals for landing on runway 17. The pilot of the second aircraft initiated his break and established on downwind leg and completed his landing checklist. When he looked outside the cockpit for the lead aircraft's position he noticed it on base leg approximately 300-400 feet above ground level in a very steep right turn that immediately turned to a near vertical nose down descent. The airplane impacted the ground near vertical and 180 degrees from the intended landing direction. Witnesses on the ground confirmed this same scenario during the flight of 3 overflight and landing.

The airplane was recovered to Air Salvage of Dallas for secure storage and further investigation as needed.

The weather at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (KAFW), Alliance, Texas, about 7 miles south of the accident site, at 1353, was reported as wind 210 degrees 10 knots, gusts to 19 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 28 degrees Celsius, dewpoint 9 degrees Celsius, and a barometric pressure of 29.64 inches of Mercury.

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