Re: Toyota's top Prius executive dies in plane crash
From the accident report:
Originally Posted by NTSB_LAX07LA047
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According to another co-owner of the airplane, the pilot departed Long Beach with the intent of practicing aerobatic maneuvers in the aerobatic box located off the coast of San Pedro. Witnesses reported observing the airplane conduct aerobatic maneuvers around 1,000 feet above the ocean. The airplane was seen at various times in rolls, loops, and stalls. One witness observed the airplane flying toward the east in a wings level attitude before it entered a nose down pitch attitude. The airplane was described, by many witnesses, to be between 50 and 70 degrees nose down when it impacted the water. All of the witnesses reported that the engine was running "hard" and "loud" throughout the final descent. In addition, all of the witnesses reported that the airplane sank immediately after impacting the water. Only one witness reported observing something separate from the airframe during the descent and make a secondary impact splash in the water following the airplane. This witness did not know what it was, and at first thought it was the pilot bailing out of the airplane. However, he did not observe a parachute during the descent.
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National Transportation Safety Board, report LAX07LA047, accident date: 11/25/2006, registration number N4426X, Interavia E-3. The full report can be loaded from: