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Pilot stalled wing while “Goofing Off”

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November 30, 2013
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Pilot in his own words was “goofing off”. The pilot was a moderately experienced pilot with an estimated 50 to 100 hours of air time. Wind conditions were coming straight off the water and were smooth and laminar. Pilot decided he wanted to try and go to “zero” ground speed by pulling both brake toggles. Pilot was observed numerous times just hovering and it was commented prior to the incident he was very deep in the brakes. Pilot continued the repetition, until, the last time when hovering at an altitude of approximately 40 feet, he stalled the wing. The pilot did an approximate 270 degree turn coming down hard on the ring of the cage. The outer ring of the cage suffered no damage, however two titanium spokes busted along with the loss of the netting and prop. Several pilots ran up to the pilot that was a bit shaken up that exited his unit and walked around. The pilot was very fortunate he did not fracture his pelvis or worse. The pilot was extremely lucky to have walked away from this incident.

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