Kit Crash Kills Seven

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The CEO of the world's biggest iron ore company was killed, along with his family and a hired pilot, in the crash of his kit-built aircraft in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on Saturday. Roger Agnelli, his wife, two grown children and their spouses died when their Comp Air 9 turboprop, which is a homebuilt aircraft in the U.S., hit two houses shortly after takeoff. The family was on its way to a wedding in Rio de Janeiro. Agnelli was considered one of the world's top executives, having turned Vale, a money-losing state-owned mineral producer, into one of the most profitable in the world.

The Comp Air 9 is a strutless high-wing with a 1,000-horsepower Honeywell turboprop and seats for six passengers. It's one of 10 composite, high-performance kit planes built by the Titusville, Florida, company. The airplane was registered to Agnelli personally but it's not clear if he built it himself.

Comments (4)

I had no idea such a high performance aircraft was available as a kit.

Posted by: Kenneth Sabel | March 21, 2016 5:38 AM    Report this comment

Looks like a fun aircraft, haven't heard or read much about it. What puzzles me is the 7 adult crash victims in a 6-seater airplane. Given the short distance from take-off, could this end up being a case of aft CoG ?
The other thing that puzzles me is why a big hitter like this doesn't fly a KingAir, PC-12 or something bigger still. Out of his own accord or with the compliments of his board ?

Posted by: Peter De Ceulaer | March 21, 2016 2:00 PM    Report this comment

6 + head.

Posted by: Anthony A | March 24, 2016 12:23 AM    Report this comment

Kind of like the Epic LT Ken, which I wish I could have afforded. In the case of the LT it's draw was useful load and high performance. These Comps can be run almost anywhere, even very marginal strips if the pilot pays attention.

There's some awesome kit aircraft, or ex kit aircraft in some cases, but I lack the total skill set to build one I'd feel safe in myself. That, and it'd probably take me 20 years to finish it!

Posted by: Joe Servov | March 25, 2016 1:24 PM    Report this comment

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