NTSB Identification: CHI96LA108.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 15, 1996 in CAMBRIDGE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/03/1996
Aircraft: BISHOP-CHRISTIAN EAGLE II, registration: N219RC
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.
The pilot had owned the airplane about 2 to 3 weeks. According to witnesses, he was performing aerobatics when the airplane entered a flat spin. Subsequently, the airplane collided with the ground and produced no ground scars other than from its impact point. The pilot had performed aerobatics in a Luscombe during the 1970's and 1980's. The owner of the fixed base operation, where the airplane was based, stated the pilot had not received any acrobatic instruction locally. There were no mechanical anomalies found with the airframe, control system, or engine that would have prevented normal operation of the airplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot allowed the airplane to enter a flat spin, while performing an acrobatic maneuver, and was unable to recover before ground impact. Factors relating to the accident were: the pilot's overconfidence in his personal ability, and his lack of familiarity with the airplane's flight characteristics. Full narrative available
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