NTSB Identification: CHI94DCQ01.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 1994 in BAXTER SPRINGS, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/12/1995
Aircraft: ROBERT O. ELY STARDUSTER-II SA300, registration: N107UP
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

A WITNESS REPORTED SEEING THE AIRPLANE ENTER A ROLL AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 125 TO 150 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. THE WITNESS STATED THE AIRPLANE SEEMED TO COME OUT OF THE ROLL BUT NEVER REGAINED ALTITUDE. THE POST CRASH INSPECTION FOUND NO CONTROL ANOMOLIES. METALLURGICAL INSPECTION OF AILERON CONTROL RODS REVEALED NO PRE-EXISTING CRACKS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's failure to maintain altitude during an aerobatic maneuver on takeoff. A factor related to the accident was the pilot performing an aerobatic maneuver.

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