From September 7th….The NTSB has just released the accident report:
So, a single seat airplane, carrying two people, with 2500 or so lbs of “Pink Water”….flying low and slow.
What could go wrong?
Plane crashes during “Gender Reveal” stunt.
Pretty much everything that they taught me not to do,
In other words, fucked up by the numbers.
Luckily, no one was seriously injured.
But stupid, poorly planned stunts usually lead to stupid failures.
At the end of the day, one has to realize that cropduster pilots are insane and take terrible risks. (They are also pretty good pilots, at least normally).
Interestingly, the link wouldn't load to the accident report…
NTSB Identification: GAA19CA535
The pilot reported, that while maneuvering at a low altitude in an aerial applicator airplane, he dumped about 350 gallons of pink water for a gender reveal. The airplane "got too slow", aerodynamically stalled, impacted terrain, and came to rest inverted.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, right wing, and empennage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that the accident occurred during a low pass for a gender reveal celebration. He added that there were two persons on board the single seat airplane.