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N940Z accident description

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Crash location 39.044444°N, 87.005556°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 Bloomfield, IN
41.648939°N, 85.358589°W
199.8 miles away

Tail number N940Z
Accident date 25 Aug 2009
Aircraft type Sportflight International Llc Astra Hks
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On August 25, 2009, at 1821 eastern daylight time, a Sportflight International Astra HKS weight-shift control airplane, N940Z, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering during the approach to the Shawnee Field Airport (1I3), Bloomfield, Indiana. The sport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight departed 1I3 at an unknown time.

According to a witness, the airplane was flying from north to south over the airport. While maneuvering for the landing, the airplane entered a "hard left bank at low altitude and went into the ground." The witness stated the engine sounded like it was operating normally at the time of the accident. The two occupants were secured in the airplane with their restraints and were wearing helmets. The witness stated the sky was clear and the wind was calm.

The airplane came to rest in soybean field approximately 100 feet from the airport perimeter.

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