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N88WG accident description

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Crash location 26.966111°N, 82.353056°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Englewood, FL
30.287462°N, 81.626205°W
233.7 miles away

Tail number N88WG
Accident date 04 Apr 2009
Aircraft type Gaynor Donald J RV6A
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On April 4, 2009, about 1435 eastern daylight time, a Donald J. Gaynor experimental amateur built RV-6A, N88WG, registered to and operated by a private individual, crashed into trees in Englewood, Florida. The certificated private pilot was killed, the passenger received serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight was operated as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed from the Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), Venice, Florida, at an undetermined time.

Witnesses at a local gathering referred to as the "Redneck Roundup," stated that a white single engine airplane flew over their heads at what they estimated to be 300 feet and then the airplane did what some witnesses referred to as a "barrel roll" and others referred to as a "loop." The airplane disappeared from sight. Organizers of the roundup stated that there was no air show scheduled to be performed at the gathering.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector found that the airplane had collided with trees in a heavily wooded area. The wings and cockpit canopy had separated from the airplane. There was an isolated area of fire damage near the instrument panel and under the accessory section of the engine consistent with a postimpact fire.

The airplane has been recovered from the accident site for further examination.

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