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British Agency Releases Accident Report on Vicki Cruse

Vicki Cruse

September 9, 2010 — The Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom (equivalent of the NTSB) has released its report in to Vicki Cruse's accident at the World Aerobatic Championship a year ago.

The report states:

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.

Vicki Cruse was president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) at the time of her death. The Vicki Cruse Pavilion was dedicated at AirVenture 2010. The full report can be viewed here.

 
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