NTSB Identification: NYC95LA169.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 22, 1995 in HONESDALE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/1995
Aircraft: AEROTEK PITTS S-2S, registration: N330HP
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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THE PILOT HAD BEEN CONDUCTING MANEUVERS FOR AN AIRSHOW. THE PILOT STATED THAT WHILE CONDUCTING A MANEUVER '...[THE AIRPLANE] WENT DEEPER AND LOST SOME ALTITUDE, 200 FEET, DURING THE RECOVERY STAGE. I DID NOT CLEAR TREES ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE SHOW LINE....' THE FAA INSPECTORS STATEMENT STATED, '...[THE PILOT] INDICATED THAT ON ENTRY, HIS POWER WAS SET LOWER THAN NORMAL...AND HIS AIRSPEED WAS A LITTLE LOWER THAN NORMAL...WHICH RESULTED IN A LOWER ENTRY ALTITUDE....[THE PILOT] INDICATED THAT THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE AIRCRAFT OR THE ENGINE....'

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

the pilots misjudgment of the altitude required to perform an aerobatic maneuver, and the subsequent collision with trees.

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