NTSB Identification: MIA96LA120B
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 16, 1996 in ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1996
Aircraft: LEMOINE CHRISTEN EAGLE, registration: N83BL
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 pilots of a Mooney M20C, N9206V, and a homebuilt (Lemoine) Christian Eagle, N83BL, entered a left traffic pattern to land on runway 31 at an uncontrolled airport. While on final approach at an altitude of about 100 to 150 feet AGL, the two airplanes collided. Both airplanes continued the approach and landed without further damage. Investigation revealed that the pilot of the Mooney entered the traffic pattern for runway 31 from an upwind leg, then he announced his position with radio calls on all legs of the traffic pattern. The Christian Eagle pilot said that after completing a touch-and-go on runway 31, he remained in a standard left pattern. He stated that he had been listening to other aircraft and reporting his position in the pattern, but on downwind after the touch-and-go, his 'radio started to break up on transmission.' He stated that he turned base and final calling his position; however, neither the UNICOM operator nor pilots of other airplanes heard the Christian Eagle pilot announce his landing intentions.

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

inadequate visual lookout by the pilots of both airplanes, which resulted in their failure to see-and-avoid each other's airplane. A factor relating to the accident was: the lack of traffic pattern position reports from the Christian Eagle, due to the reported failure of its VHF radio for undetermined reasons.

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