NTSB Identification: SEA95LA145.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 09, 1995 in SILVANA, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/08/1996
Aircraft: WHEELER KITFOX V, registration: N24KF
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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THE PILOT WAS TO PERFORM TWO LOW LEVEL FLY-BYS OVER THE RUNWAY TO DEMONSTRATE THE QUIETNESS OF THE ENGINE. AFTER THE AIRPLANE MADE THE SECOND PASS, IT UNEXPECTEDLY DEPARTED THE AREA. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE FLYING AT A LOW LEVEL, WHEN THE NOSE OF THE AIRPLANE GRADUALLY LOWERED VERTICAL TO THE TERRAIN AND THE AIRPLANE BEGAN A SLOW SPIRAL. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED IN THIS ATTITUDE UNTIL IMPACT. DURING THE POSTCRASH INSPECTION, NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND TO INDICATE A MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. THE AIRPLANE'S BALLISTIC RECOVERY SYSTEM HAD NOT BEEN DEPLOYED.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL. THE EMERGENCY BALLISTIC PARACHUTE NOT BEING DEPLOYED WAS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

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