One of the members there had a stall-spin crash in one with no injuries, so I think the structure is a bit more robust than a casual inspection would reveal. Based on the pilot’s recent reported dizziness, the findings of severe coronary artery disease, and evidence of heart muscle damage, it is likely that the pilot was impaired or incapacitated when he lost control of the airplane as a result of low blood pressure due to medications, worsening heart disease, or an irregular heart rhythm. © 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC, NTSB Releases Factual Report From 2012 Hummel Bird Accident, ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.31.20): Decision Altitude (DA), ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.01.20): Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Sep 20, 2015 #1 Hello. Toxicology was positive for blood pressure medications that, by themselves, should not have degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the airplane but with other factors, could have resulted in low blood pressure, dizziness, or even unconsciousness. According to information provided by the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine, a letter from the Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) reported that during the most recent medical exam the pilot told the AME that "…he was having great difficulty with longitudinal stability, and was unable to complete even one pattern after multiple attempts. The left ventricular wall measured 1.2 cm (normal). The private pilot was fatally injured. Airborne-Unmanned 10.28.20: RAAF UAV, Dufour eVTOL, OSIRIS-REx! One of the witnesses stated that he observed the pilot conduct a lengthy preflight before starting the engine by hand, followed by a ground engine run-up, and then taxi to runway 27. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local personal flight which was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Aircraft: RUSSOM ROY G HUMMEL H5, registration: N156FH Injuries: 1 Fatal. The engine and firewall sustained heat damage, and most of the center section aft of the fire wall was consumed by fire. James Morris Hummel was born on August 5, 1915, in Bryan, Ohio. 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The FAA inspector also noted that the airplane had accumulated 3.8 hours of total flight time as part of its initial Phase I operating limitations for an amateur-built aircraft. An FAA review of his logbook revealed a total time of 142 hours, with 121.0 hours daylight, 8.7 hours night, 100.6 hours dual and 41.5 hours solo through the end of July 1969. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed extensive impact-related fire damage. He held a flight instructor certificate for airplane single-engine land. Witnesses reported that when the airplane took off, the engine sounds, ground roll, and departure were all “normal.” Then, about 300 feet above the ground, the airplane began a slow roll to the right (the airport traffic pattern was to the left), reaching about 90 degrees of bank and 60 degrees of nose-down pitch when it descended into trees. When calculating the weight, utilizing the pilot's most recent medical information and 2 gallons of fuel, the takeoff weight was 561.2 pounds with a CG of 11.14 inches rear of datum. The pilot, age 76, held a current private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. CALHOUN, Ga. - Authorities confirm that a small plane crashed at the Tom B. David Airport in Calhoun on Tuesday afternoon. Aero Vodochody L-29 Delphin, N29NR: Accident occ... Georgia uses private flights to slash air travel c... Nigeria long overdue for aircraft maintenance faci... Ohio museum plane held fuel for 4 decades: Planes... Philadelphia offers airport expansion plan saving ... Media locked out of copter crash proceedings. The certified letter was delivered to the pilot's residence on May 10, 2012. There's no word yet on the cause of the crash. Following a loss of engine power, the aircraft, an experimental Hargrove built Hummel Ultracruiser, impacted trees and terrain during the ensuing force landing to open field terrain northwest of Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida. On December 18, 2012, about 1400 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Hummel H5, N156FH, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain shortly after taking off from Tom B. David Field (CZL), Calhoun, Georgia. CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Police and federal officials say a single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff in northwestern Georgia. NTSB Releases Factual Report From 2012 Hummel Bird Accident. lighter probably requires some compromises. (Hummel Bird pictured in file photo. Then, about 300 feet above ground level, the airplane began a slow roll to the right, reaching about 90 degrees angle of bank and 60 degrees nose-down when it descended into trees heading about 300 degrees magnetic. Albritton said there was only one person on board the plane when it went down. More than one of these attempted test flights ended with forced landings, and damage to the aircraft such that it had to be carried back to his hangar for repair. 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