NTSB Identification: FTW95FA134.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, March 15, 1995 in BYERS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/19/1995
Aircraft: HINSHAW, KEITH T. BD5TP, registration: N777TK
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.

ON THE SECOND FLIGHT IN A RECENTLY PURCHASED HOMEBUILT EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT, THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO RETURN TO THE POINT OF ORIGIN AND WAS FOUND BURNED IN A PASTURE BY A RANCHER FEEDING HIS CATTLE. THE PILOT/OWNER WAS A PRIVATE PILOT WITH APPROXIMATELY 113 HOURS TOTAL FLIGHT TIME IN LIGHT SINGLE ENGINE AIRCRAFT. HE HAD NO TURBINE, HIGH PERFORMANCE, OR RETRACTABLE LANDING GEAR AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCE. INVESTIGATION PROVIDED EVIDENCE THAT IMPACT OCCURRED IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE, HIGH SINK RATE, WINGS LEVEL, CLEAN CONFIGURATION. ENGINE OPERATION AT THE TIME OF IMPACT COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. WEATHER WAS VISUAL CONDITIONS.

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

FAILURE BY THE PILOT IN COMMAND TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT. FACTORS WERE: LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT AND LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF OPERATION.

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