NTSB Identification: CHI96LA188.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 31, 1996 in ASTORIA, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Gray Miniplane DSA-1-G, registration: N611SU
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.

Witnesses reported seeing the pilot performing aerobatic maneuvers prior to the accident. They stated the pilot was performing a loop when he got too close to the ground during the maneuver. The airplane impacted the terrain near a treeline which surrounded the open field over which the maneuvers were being performed.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the terrain while performing an aerobatic maneuver.

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