NTSB Identification: ATL95LA116.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 21, 1995 in CHERAW, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1995
Aircraft: SMITH MONNETT MONI, registration: N3257W
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WITNESS REPORTS INDICATED THAT AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE BEGAN SPUTTERING. THE AIRPLANE WAS TURNED DOWNWIND TO RETURN TO THE RUNWAY. AS THE TURN TO THE BASE LEG WAS MADE, THE AIRPLANE STALLED AND PITCHED NOSE DOWN. IT IMPACTED IN A VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT WAS INCONCLUSIVE. ANOTHER PILOT REPORTED THAT PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT, HE AND THE PILOT DISCUSSED THE FUEL/OIL MIXTURE THAT WAS BEING USED FOR THE TWO CYCLE ENGINE. THE PILOT BELIEVED THAT THE FUEL MIXTURE HE WAS USING MAY HAVE BEEN TOO LEAN.

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

The loss of engine power for unknown reasons, and the pilot's failure to maintain flying speed, which resulted in impact with the ground while the airplane was in a stalled condition.

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