NTSB Identification: CHI94LA195.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 1994 in MOUNT CLEMENS, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/07/1995
Aircraft: CANADAIR T-33, registration: N12418
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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DURING AN AIR SHOW PERFORMANCE, THE PILOT PERFORMED A HIGH SPEED LOW PASS DOWN THE RUNWAY. WHEN THE AIRPLANE WAS NEAR SHOW CENTER, THE PILOT INITIATED A LEFT ROLL. WITNESSES STATED THAT ABOUT 3/4 OF THE WAY THROUGH THE ROLL, THE RIGHT WING TIP STRUCK THE GROUND. THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED TERRAIN IN A GRASSY FIELD ADJACENT TO THE RUNWAY, AND A POST-CRASH FIRE ENSUED. A POST-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY PREIMPACT MECHANICAL ANOMALY.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CLEARANCE FROM TERRAIN DURING AN AEROBATIC MANEUVER. HIS IMPROPER EXECUTION OF THE MANEUVER WAS A FACTOR.

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