NTSB Identification: LAX96LA156.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 06, 1996 in LUCERNE VALLEY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: TWIBELL TANGENT 65, registration: N4309M
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 two airplanes had executed a touch-and-go on a dry lake. The first airplane reentered the upwind leg, and the accident airplane executed a low level left steep turn around the windsock. Ground witnesses observed the accident airplane's altitude decrease as its bank angle steepened. The airplane's left wing struck the ground and the airplane cartwheeled, coming to rest inverted about 30 feet from the initial impact point.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain altitude. Factors in the accident were: the pilot's decision to buzz the area and his ostentatious display.

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