Zivko Aeronautics Inc Edge 540, N540BW, 22 August 2009

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.

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