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N233VW accident description

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Crash location 35.905000°N, 79.987222°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 High Point, NC
35.955692°N, 80.005318°W
3.6 miles away

Tail number N233VW
Accident date 27 Jun 2009
Aircraft type Layson Stanley B Steen Sky Bolt
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 27, 2009 at 0914 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Steen Sky Bolt, N233VW, was substantially damaged when it impacted power lines during takeoff from Darr Field (NC03), High Point, North Carolina. The pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to witnesses the airplane was performing touch-and-go landings at the airport. During the last landing, the airplane "landed long" and subsequently during the takeoff climb, struck power lines off the departure end of the runway. The airplane then impacted the ground and a post-crash fire ensued. The witnesses reported the engine was running normally during the accident sequence.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage, during the impact and post-crash fire. Flight control continuity was confirmed to the flight controls, and examination of the propeller revealed indications of power at the time of impact.

According to the FAA inspector, the power lines were located about 100 - 150 yards from runway 13, oriented perpendicular to the turf/gravel runway. The power lines were 34 feet tall and were not marked. Runway 13 was 2,365 feet long and 60 feet wide.

The inspector additionally reported the pilot had taken off from Hiatt Airport (N97), Thomasville, North Carolina, and intended to practice landings at NC03. The inspector reported the accident flight was the pilot's second flight in the airplane. His first flight was two days prior to the accident.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent third class medical certificate was issued on January 25, 2008. At that time, the pilot reported 640 hours of total flight experience.

Weather reported at Piedmont/Triad International Airport (GSO), Greensboro, North Carolina, 12 miles to the north, at 0845, included wind from 220 degrees at 3 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 27 degrees C, dew point 21 degrees C, and altimeter setting 29.86 inches mercury.

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