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Skydiving plane may have rolled inverted before August crash

25-09-2012

Several of the skydivers aboard a Beech 18 that crashed in Illinois last month, killing its pilot, reported that the plane's stall warning horn sounded at 11,000 feet and the plane suddenly rolled to one side as they prepared to jump. The NTSB's preliminary report of the accident provides new details of the flight's last moments but few other indications of why the 1959 twin-engine Beech G18S crashed. All 12 skydivers on board safety jumped out of the plane and were uninjured, but several of the last jumpers said the plane was partially inverted as they started their jumps. The plane landed in a home's backyard and was destroyed in the crash, but no one on the ground was hurt. The NTSB said several skydivers had helmet video cameras that may have captured the plane's descent and crash, and that they were reviewing the videos for additional evidence.

http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120811X45234&key=1

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