Small Plane May Have Stalled Before W.V. Crash

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Federal investigators say an experimental aircraft may have stalled before it crashed into a house in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says several witnesses reported that the amateur-built Arion Li pitched up shortly after taking off from a private airfield in Hedgesville. The aircraft then appeared to stall just before it crashed.

The pilot, 70-year-old Harry L. Weber of Danbury, Conn., was taken to a hospital in Virginia, where he was pronounced dead. No one in the house was injured.

The cause of the Oct. 5 crash has not been determined.

The Journal of Martinsburg ( ) reported the NTSB's preliminary findings in Friday's editions.

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  • by Ace Location: lawl on Oct 15, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    Of course he stalled, it doesn't take an aviation genius to figure that out.
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      by Why? on Oct 15, 2011 at 09:08 PM in reply to Ace
      Many planes crash under full power and at above stall airspeed, so I don't think it was a given that he stalled.
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        by Ace on Oct 16, 2011 at 02:32 PM in reply to Why?
        Angle of attack induces a stall, not power nor airspeed.
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          by Why? on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:00 PM in reply to Ace
          Looks like you changed your angle of attack. lol. So why didn't you confirm why it was so obviously a stall instead of anything else? Never heard of controlled flight into terrain? airspeed no lift.
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