Zivko Aeronautics Inc Edge 540, N540BW
The aircraft was being flown in an aerobatic competition during which it failed to recover from a downwards snap roll manoeuvre, initiated at about 2,300 ft agl. The aircraft continued to rotate until it struck the ground, fatally injuring the pilot. The investigation discovered a mechanism whereby rudder pedal extensions used by the pilot could have contributed to a rudder control restriction, but pilot incapacitation was also considered a possible contributory factor.
Zivko Aeronautics Inc Edge 540, N540BW 09-10.pdf (1,198.76 kb)
Date of occurrence: 22 August 2009