NTSB Identification: ATL94LA170.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 08, 1994 in RAEFORD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1995
Aircraft: PIPER J-5A, registration: N31172
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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ACCORDING TO THE PASSENGER, ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES INTO THE PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE PILOT APPROACHED A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP FLYING 35 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. AS THEY APPROACHED THE STRIP THE AIRPLANE PASSED OVER A HIGHWAY AND A TRACTOR TRAILER CROSSED DIRECTLY BELOW THE AIRPLANE. AT THIS POINT, THE PILOT EXECUTED A STEEP CLIMBING TURN. THE AIRPLANE STALLED AND CRASHED IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE, AND BURNED. NO MECHANICAL PROBLEM WAS FOUND WITH THE AIRPLANE.

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

THE PILOT'S OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY WHICH RESULTED IN A LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE.

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