British Agency Releases Accident Report on Vicki Cruse
September 9, 2010 — The Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom (equivalent of the NTSB) has released its report in to Vicki Cruse's accident at the World Aerobatic Championship a year ago.
The report states:
The aircraft was being flown in an aerobatic competition during which it failed to recover from a downwards snap roll manoeuvre, initiated at about 2,300 ft agl. The aircraft continued to rotate until it struck the ground, fatally injuring the pilot. The investigation discovered a mechanism whereby rudder pedal extensions used by the pilot could have contributed to a rudder control restriction, but pilot incapacitation was also considered a possible contributory factor.