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How do you think this occured? Might the pilot have been doing manouveres that the aircraft couldn't handle or could poor maintainance have failed to spot signs of fatigue on the wings?

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Jonathan (99jolegg) Chief Captain

Could be pilot error or metal fatigue. I would probably have guessed pilot error - maybe constant overspeed or rigorous control surface movements.

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pilotwannabe Chief Captain

Both wings appear to snap off at exactly the same time....i don't know how that can be down to poor maintainence, but then again, surely the pilot would know the limitations of the plane 😕

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tomthetank Chief Captain

It looks like it filmed at an airshow.Watch again and it looks like the pilot was going to pull a steep climb.Too fast

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

I don't think that aircraft was certified for aerobatics. There are no multiengine civilian aerobatic aircraft that I know of. Bob Hover used to do a routine in a stock shrike commander but he was very careful and a very experienced pilot of exceptional skill. My guess is that this guy was trying the same type of routine and ran out of skill, luck and altitude, all at the same time.

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

Both wings appear to have broken at the same point and at the same time. This suggests that enough stress was placed on the wings to compromise their weakest point.

It does not appear that enough wing was left on the plane to allow it to fly, but since one of the wings struck the tail and removed all horizontal and vertical control, that point is moot.

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Germán Campopiano (Oberkomando) Captain

May be fatigue, as like violent movements made by the pilot.

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Wing-man First Officer

pilotwannabe wrote:

Both wings appear to snap off at exactly the same time....i don't know how that can be down to poor maintainence, but then again, surely the pilot would know the limitations of the plane 😕

I agree. 👍

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