NTSB Identification: NYC95LA110.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 16, 1995 in MILLSTONE TWSP, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1995
Aircraft: HIGHCRAFT BUCCANEER II, registration: NONE
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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A WITNESS OBSERVED THE PILOT FLYING HIS TWO PLACE, UNREGISTERED, EXPERIMENTAL HOME BUILT AIRPLANE IN THE LOCAL AREA, AT AN ALTITUDE OF BETWEEN 200 TO 300 FEET AGL. THE WITNESS TURNED AWAY FROM THE AIRPLANE, AND WITHIN ONE MINUTE HEARD THE SOUND OF A CRASH. THE AIRPLANE WAS FOUND IN AN OPEN FIELD WHERE IT HAD IMPACTED IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE, FATALLY INJURING THE PILOT. ACCORDING TO A WRITTEN REPORT FROM THE FAA, EXAMINATION OF THE NUMBER ONE CYLINDER REVEALED, '...SCORING ON CYLINDER WALLS ABOVE THE INTAKE AND EXHAUST PORTS...', AND '...PISTON SCORED ON THE SIDE UP THROUGH THE PISTON RINGS....' ADDITIONALLY, THE PILOT DID NOT POSSESS A PILOT CERTIFICATE OR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE.

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

The loss of engine power due to the seizure of the number one cylinder pistion and the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed which resulted in a stall.

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