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Tail numberN1999G
Accident dateAugust 01, 2009
Aircraft typeBeech B90
LocationWest Point, VA
Near 37.521389 N, -76.762778 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 1, 2009, about 1900 eastern daylight time, a Beech B90, N1999G, registered to Fayard Enterprises LLC, operated by Rampart Aviation, Inc., was substantially damaged during a skydive flight near West Point, Virginia. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 skydive flight from Middle Peninsula Regional Airport (FYJ), West Point, Virginia. The pilot and 5 skydivers were not injured while one skydiver was killed. The time of departure from FYJ has not been determined.

The pilot stated to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector-in-charge that before takeoff fourteen skydivers boarded the airplane. The flight departed and climbed to 14,000 feet where eight skydivers deplaned. At that point an instructor positioned himself at the cabin door opening facing inside the cabin, while another skydiver was immediately in front of him. The instructor’s reserve chute deployed pulling the instructor from the airplane. The instructor contacted the left horizontal stabilizer and then fell coming to rest suspended in a tree by his reserve chute. The pilot further stated that after the contact the remaining jumpers exited the airplane. The flight returned and landed uneventfully.

Preliminary examination of the airplane by a FAA inspector revealed damage to the left horizontal stabilizer.

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