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Spiral dive loss of control

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July 4, 2012
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Pilot was on the last flight of his day in perfect conditions at about 120 ft ASL and about 150ft from the LZ when he initiated a tight spiral approaching the ground low and fast with body almost horizontal to the ground. When the pilot was about 30 ft AGL another pilot in the LZ started running towards him suspecting an accident was imminent. It is believed that the pilot seeing this was frightened and reacted by adding more throttle and pulling more break on the turning side of the wing. This resulted in an impact with the ground at high speed. Pilot died instantly. Pilot is reported as having 1 year of experience with no equipment or weather factors suspected.

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