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'Aerobatic Maneuver' Cited in Lake Winnebago Fatal Accident

August 25, 2011 – The fatal accident involving a Piper J-3 Cub on Lake Winnebago on July 25 followed a loss of control while performing an aerobatic maneuver, according to the preliminary report issued this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The report cites an eyewitness account given by occupants of a second airplane that the accident pilot “attempted a hammerhead, pitched up, climbed, and yawed to the left, entering a descent. During the course of the maneuver, the airplane became inverted and impacted the lake.” 

The airplane crashed in about 6 feet of water offshore of Wendt’s on the Lake on U.S. Highway 45 south of Oshkosh, the report states. Both planes were flying down the shoreline at altitudes varying between 1,000 feet and 1,400 feet, the report states. An attempt by nearby boaters to rescue the crash victims was unsuccessful and both were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

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