Loss of control Accident CZAW SportCruiser N282SC, Saturday 14 May 2011
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Date:Saturday 14 May 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
CZAW SportCruiser
Owner/operator:Highlight Sport LLC
Registration: N282SC
MSN: 06SC006
Engine model:Rotax 912 ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Arlington Municipal Airport - KAWO, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Arlington, WA (AWO)
Destination airport:Arlington, WA (AWO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A witness reported that he saw the airplane take off and noted that, from its liftoff point, about 3,800 feet of runway remained. The airplane was 50 to 75 feet above the ground and was oscillating. Although the engine sounded very smooth, it did not sound as if it was running at takeoff rpm. The airplane then pitched up and down several times, rolled left, stalled, and impacted the ground. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Oxazepam (a prescription benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety, muscle spasm, and insomnia) was found in the pilot’s blood; however, the amount of oxazepam found was unlikely to have affected his performance. The amount of Benadryl (a nonprescription sedating antihistamine) found in the pilot’s blood was in the therapeutic range, suggesting recent use. Diphenhydramine has been found to cause more performance degradation in therapeutic doses than a low dose of alcohol. It is likely that the diphenhydramine impaired the pilot’s performance and contributed to the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain control during the takeoff climb, which resulted in a stall at low altitude and collision with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s impaired performance from over-the-counter medications.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR11LA223
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

15-May-2011 03:39 gerard57 Added
15-May-2011 04:14 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2011 09:12 Angelwing Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 16:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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