Tue, Sep 29, 2009
NOT Good: Powered Parachute Flight Impacted Among Spectators on
Ground During "Candy Drop"
One of the first things that is
drilled into pilots about operations near ANY assemblage of people
is to NOT operate the aircraft in such a way as to potentially
hazard anyone on the ground. Unfortunately; one PPC operator did
not (apparently) heed that missive and sport aviation got a heck of
a black eye when a "candy drop" resulted in the aircraft's going
down into a local celebration and hurting a half dozen spectators.
Two of those on the ground sustained SERIOUS injuries as a result,
and four more were slightly injured. The FAA is going to have an
interesting time dealing with this one. Herewith, the NTSB
NTSB Identification: WPR09LA442
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 07, 2009 in Hooper, UT
Aircraft: Six Chuter SR 7, registration: NONE
Injuries: 2 Serious, 6 Minor.
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.
On September 7, 2009, about 1510
mountain daylight time, an experimental Six Chuter SR7 unregistered
aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain while
maneuvering near Hooper, Utah. The aircraft was owned and operated
by the non certificated pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code
of Federal Regulations Part 91. The pilot and his passenger
sustained minor injuries. Two people located on the ground
sustained serious injuries and four people located on the ground
sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions
prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The
local flight originated from a field adjacent to the accident site
about 10 minutes prior to the accident.
Information provided by local law enforcement revealed that the
pilot and passenger were conducting a flight over the Hooper Tomato
Days annual event to throw candy to a crowd of spectators. The
pilot reported that while flying on a westerly heading, he passed
over a set of power lines and the passenger "started dumping
candy." The pilot stated that he "lost lift" and "could not
recover." Subsequently, the aircraft impacted terrain within the
crowd of spectators and rolled over.
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