Titusville, FL -- A lawyer flying a stunt plane at an air show died when he crashed and burned on the opening day of the weekend-long TICO Warbird Air Show. Eilon Krugman-Kadi of Gainesville was taking the small military-style L-39 Albatross on a loop that he apparently wasn't able to pull out of. (Source: Fox 35 Orlando)
TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- A lawyer flying a stunt plane at an air show crashed and died Friday before a number of spectators, authorities said.
Eilon Krugman-Kadi, of Gainesville, was taking the small military-style L-39 Albatross on a loop that he apparently wasn't able to pull out of, police said. The fiery crash happened on the opening day of the weekend-long TICO Warbird Air Show.
Note: Orlando media is reporting that Eilon Krugman-Kadi is a former Israeili fighter pilot.
This is a partial list of recent L-39 Crashes in the US ... Needless to say that there is a problem, either poor pilot training, Maybe the attitude of the people buying these aircrafts or technical problems inherent of the design itself. (Or a combination) 14 records meet your criteria. A docket of supporting materials may exist for factual and probable cause reports. Please contact Records Management Division. Dockets are not available for preliminary reports.
With all respect to pilots who died (and I mean it) in these accidents, main problem with Albatros crashes is the style in which they are used and flown. This plane was designed as a military trainer and not a toy. When used for it's purpose by properly qualified pilots, it's very safe airplane. When used to it's limits (and mainly due to engine performance it's NOT aerobatics aeroplane), there're great risks involved. And because the original ejection seat is not 0-0 (fact that seemed to be forgotten in some of these cases), there's little chance for "military style" recovery.
It's a great plane and it's nice to fly. I really understand the pleasure owners have and also the tempation to fly it...umm...wildly.