NTSB Identification: MIA94FA114.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 07, 1994 in MERRITT ISLAND, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/07/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N2834M
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE MANEUVERING IN A DIVE TO PICK UP A BANNER THE TOW ROPE GRAPPLING HOOK DUG IN THE GROUND, BOUNCE UP, AND BECAME ENTANGLED IN BETWEEN THE STABILIZER AND THE LEFT ELEVATOR CONTROL SURFACE. THE AIRPLANE WAS OBSERVED TO NOSE UP, YAW LEFT AND PITCH NOSE DOWN CRASHING INTO A MANGROVE SWAMP ON THE AIRPORT. THE TOW ROPE RING WAS FOUND JAMMED IN BETWEEN THE STABILIZER AND ELEVATOR.

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

THE LOSS OF ELEVATOR CONTROL DUE TO JAMMING BY THE TOW ROPE WHICH PREVENTED THE PILOT FROM BEING ABLE TO CONTROL THE AIRPLANE.

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