Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

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Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby FastEddieB » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:23 am

This just posted to Pilots Of America.

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/11/aircraft-structural-failure-fatal.html

Some here may remember him as USSYorktown.

Worth a read - lots of links in this chain.
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby Half Fast » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:49 am

Amazing. From the damaged aircraft to the medical issues to a chemistry lab's worth of pharmaceuticals in his body, this was almost inevitable. Wow.
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby comperini » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:56 am

Thanks for the updates on this!

I wonder what the issue was when law enforcement showed up and demanded the mechanic leave the hangar?
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby Scooper » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:35 am

comperini wrote:Thanks for the updates on this!

I wonder what the issue was when law enforcement showed up and demanded the mechanic leave the hangar?

I think it's purely speculation, but some on PoA have suggested Bernath's wife was concerned because Bernath had mentioned the damaged trim tab to her and she wanted the mechanic to look at it to ensure the damage didn't render the plane unsafe for him to fly. Bernath was afraid the mechanic would find that it was in fact unsafe, and called law enforcement to escort the mechanic away from the hangar. Bernath had brought up the trim tab issue on the VAF forums looking for advice. Van's support told him he should be concerned that the airplane may have been subjected to excessive stress.
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby foresterpoole » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:21 pm

Yikes, that's a plethora of issues there. I'm no pharmacologist, but those drugs alone are pretty powerful to be mixing and trying to fly a plane....
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby Half Fast » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:24 pm

I wonder what CFI and DPE signed off Bernath’s ticket. It’s hard to imagine someone with worse ADM. you would think they would have seen that. People on this forum tried to reason with him without success. Witless, thick headed, and arrogant.
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby designrs » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:25 am

Everyone who knew “Yorktown” on this board YEARS AGO pretty much knew that something like this was pretty much inevitable. I remember asking, “What can be done to stop someone like this?” when he was insistent on using an iPad GPS GROUNDSPEED head-up indicator for landing purposes; despite multiple CFIs on this board warning him NOT to do that! The only practical answer was possibly a FAST team member at his local airport.

More issues and incidents followed which were widely known throughout the industry.

This fatal crash wasn’t about regulation failure, nor was it about medical issues (despite toxicology reports.) It was about a long series of highly unusual decisions and actions by one very unique and persistent individual who’s history speaks for itself, of which there are plenty of public records.

Thank God he didn’t take anyone else with him, in the plane or on the ground.
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby drseti » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:30 am

Richard, it's great to see you back posting on the forum after such a long absence. Welcome back! Phone me when you have a chance to talk, so we can catch up.
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby designrs » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:37 pm

Thanks Dr. Paul! It’s good to be back. 8)
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Re: Daniel A. Bernath Fatal Accident Factual Report

Postby Flocker » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:29 pm

designrs wrote:Thanks Dr. Paul! It’s good to be back. 8)


Ping me too. I'd like to catch up!


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