NTSB Identification: SEA95FA072.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 30, 1995 in BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N85094
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.

THE PILOT RETURNED FROM A 45 MINUTE RENTAL FLIGHT AT APRX 1545, WENT TO THE BATHROOM, AND THEN TOOK THE AIRCRAFT OUT AGAIN, INDICATING THAT HE PLANNED TO STAY IN THE PATTERN AND RETURN BY THE 1600 DEADLINE BEFORE THE NEXT RENTER'S SCHEDULED DEPARTURE. THE AIRCRAFT THEN DEPARTED THE PATTERN AND WAS OBSERVED TO ENTER A STEEP, NEAR 90 DEGREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE NOT FAR FROM THE DERPARTURE AIRPORT. NO AIRFRAME/POWERPLANT MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE PATHOLOGIST REPORTED THAT THE PATTERNS OF INJURY WERE 'CONSISTENT WITH THE DECEASED BEING CONSCIOUS AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH' AND 'INCONSISTENT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL BEING INCAPACITATED.'

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

UNDETERMINED.

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