NTSB Identification: LAX94LA190.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 16, 1994 in BYRON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/27/1995
Aircraft: BUSHBY MUSTANG II, registration: N363RD
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT FLYING ABOUT 1000 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND WHEN THEY HEARD THE ENGINE ACCELERATE FOLLOWED BY AN ABRUPT VERTICAL CLIMB. THE WINGS THEN SEPARATED AND THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED INTO THE GROUND. ALL THE MAJOR AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS WERE ACCOUNTED FOR EXCEPT THE VERTICAL STABILIZER. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE TAIL SECTION INDICATED OVERLOAD-TYPE SEPARATIONS.

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

an abrupt maneuver by the pilot that initiated an in-flight separation of the tail and wing sections during acrobatic flight.

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