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Just posted over on the Cirrus site - I had not seen it mentioned.






NTSB Identification: CEN13LA338

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation

Accident occurred Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Pampa, TX

Aircraft: Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, registration: N477PA

Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.




This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On June 11, 2013, about 0130 central daylight time, a Pipistrel LSA SRL Alpha Trainer light sport airplane, N477PA, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Pampa, Texas. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured and the commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to Wisdom Aviation LLC., and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. It is unknown where the flight originated from or where it was en route to at this time.


According to a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector who traveled to the accident scene, the pilots deployed the ballistic recovery parachute for unknown reasons, prior to impacting the ground. The airplane impacted the ground in a canyon and was drug for 1.7 miles before becoming entangled in a barbed wire fence.


Weather at the time of the accident was recorded as clear skies with wind 190 degrees at 17 knots, gusting to 22 knots.

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The aircraft , Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, deployed a ballistic recovery parachute after experiencing fuel exhaustion enroute to Hutchinson County Airport - KBDG, in Borger, Texas. The aircraft sustained unreported damage upon impact with terrain and the pilot onboard received fatal injuries. The passenger onboard the aircraft was seriously injured.



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