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2022 N1908A Kalispell

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  • 2022 N1908A Kalispell

    On April 30, 2022, about 0804 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Bearhawk LSA, N1908A, sustained substantial damaged when it was involved in an accident near Kalispell, Montana. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

    Aviation Safety Network Link

    NTSB Preliminary Report
    Report_WPR22FA169_105021_7_7_2023 7_19_58 PM.pdf

    NTSB Link
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Nev; 07-07-2023, 07:22 PM. Reason: NTSB Preliminary Report added
    Nev Bailey
    Christchurch, NZ - Safety & Maintenance Notes
    YouTube - Build and flying channel
    Builders Log - We build planes

  • #2
    It's been almost 15 months and no NTSB report yet. I want to know what detailed analysis revealed.
    Frank Forney
    Englewood CO
    EAA Chapter 301


    • jaredyates
      jaredyates commented
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      Me too. Was it always that they took this long to get out information? I can see how they got here but it seems contrary to the mission to take so long. It's like they are more interested in making it perfect than making it useful.

  • #3
    The Kalispel accident may not be investigated by the NTSB.
    This is what I found...

    "The NTSB's involvement in investigating general aviation accidents depends on several factors, including the severity and circumstances of the accident.
    While the NTSB may not investigate every general aviation accident, it plays a crucial role in studying and analyzing accident trends, identifying safety issues, and making recommendations to enhance general aviation safety across the United States."

    So, ​I think the FAA may give an account of their findings. It will be a short report I would think. I'm not saying I agree with that policy.
    Brooks Cone
    Southeast Michigan
    Patrol #303, Kit build


    • #4
      There's definitely more to share here, although I am not particularly comfortable posting it publicly.


      • #5
        Unfortunately we don't have a venue here that isn't public, but hopefully in time there will be enough public information to better understand this case.