14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 08, 2012 in Viola, ID
Aircraft: SCHOEPFLIN DA-4-550, registration: N550YS
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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On September 8, 2012, about 1800 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur built Schoepflin DA-4-550 airplane (super buccaneer), N550YS, while maneuvering over a private residence, stalled, and impacted the ground near Viola, Idaho. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a business flight. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage in the post impact fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed.
According to law enforcement personnel from the Latah County Sheriff’s Department, the pilot was overflying the area and dropping leaflets during a Republican fund-raising picnic at a private residence. Witnesses reported the airplane making a tight turn, stalling, and spinning to the ground; the engine sounded “strong.”
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident and reported that the majority of the airplane had burned in the post-impact fire. His examination of the airframe revealed no mechanical anomalies. The engine was recovered for further examination.
IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 550YS Make/Model: EXP Description: EXP- LAKE Date: 09/09/2012 Time: 0030 Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Destroyed LOCATION City: VIOLA State: ID Country: US DESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT STALLED WHILE DROPPING LEAFLETS AT A GATHERING. VIOLA, ID INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 1 # Crew: 0 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Unknown Phase: Maneuver Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: SPOKANE, WA (NM13) Entry date: 09/10/2012
The Latah County Sheriff's Office has identified Randy Humble, 60, of Moscow as the pilot who died in an airplane crash Saturday afternoon off Saddle Ridge Road near Viola.
Humble and another pilot had been performing aerial tricks for about 40 Latah County Republicans who were picnicking at a private residence. Witnesses said Humble's plane, which was designed to land on water, made an engine revving noise before nosediving toward the ground. They then heard a thud and saw black smoke rising from behind a nearby hill.
The plane fell apart and began burning upon impact, and Humble died at the scene. Picnic attendees rushed to put out the flames before Moscow volunteer firefighters arrived.