L39 Crashes at Titusville, FL Airshow


#1

One dead in loss of L39 at Tico Airshow shortly after resumption of the show following earlier postponement due to heavy rain and winds.


#2

Photos of type


#3

Knew this aircraft and the pilot well. Worked at GNV for years. Sad to see this happen to him. He owned the aircraft for only about 1 - 1.5 years. Was scheduled to fly in th Gainesville airshow also.


#4

Alarming number of crashes for this type. Too much airplane ?

From www.ntsb.gov:

2/26/2006
California City, CA
Aero Vodochody L39
N39DF
Fatal(2)

1/25/2006
Ketchikan, AK
Aero Vodochody L-39MS
N104XX
Fatal(1)

3/7/2005
Shreveport, LA
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39C
N8098T
Nonfatal

10/19/2004
Hyak, WA
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39C
N39TJ
Fatal(2)

8/24/2003
Forest Hill, MD
Aero Vodochody L-39ZO
N298RD
Fatal(1)

6/30/2003
Gadsden, AL
Aero Vodochody Aero Works L39C
N8125R
Fatal(1)

5/30/2003
Tracy, CA
Aero Vodochody L-39
N139RH
Fatal(1)

10/30/2001
Wilmington, DE
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39C
N90688
Nonfatal

2/10/2001
Pecan Island, LA
Aero Vodochody L-39C
N901NL
Fatal(2)

1/24/2001
Watkins, CO
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39CT
N602MC
Fatal(2)

12/16/2000
HILTON HEAD ISL, SC
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39C
N139CG
Nonfatal

9/18/1998
MESA, AZ
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39
N44529
Nonfatal

7/3/1998
TRAVERSE CITY, MI
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-39C
N7868M
Fatal(2)

10/11/1996
TILLAMOOK, OR
Aero Vodochody Aero. Works L-29
N7150A
Fatal(2)

:open_mouth:


#5

Most likely, It has to do with the type of pilots flying that aircraft. Let me say that I’m certain that there are some very fine pilots flying L-39s. However, from what I’ve observed and heard from other professional pilots, most of the owners are low-time pilots with more money than brains or skills. These folks (rich egomaniacs) see them simply as a cool jet fighter to impress others with, instead of understanding that they are very complex, high-performance aircraft that demand serious skills and respect. Personally, I can’t stand the sight of the aircraft because every one I’ve ever come across was flown by one of “those” guys.


#6

Footage of the airshow crash: liveleak.com/view?i=861_1174085714


#7

[]Nice photo](http://www.fotogaleria.lietadla.com/view.php?id=5376)
[]nice take-off photo ](http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=1097485&size=L&width=1024&height=695&sok=JURER%20%20(ert%20%3D%20'A63925')%20%20BEQRE%20OL%20cubgb_vq%20QRFP&photo_nr=3&prev_id=1110352&next_id=NEXTID)