NTSB Identification: FTW96LA284.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 1996 in PORTALES, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1996
Aircraft: Beech B35, registration: N8860A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While conducting a descent for landing at the destination airport, following a cross country flight, the pilot encountered what he described as 'high speed buffet.' Speed at the time was within the normal range. The pilot slowed the aircraft and the buffet discontinued. Following landing, the pilot inspected the aircraft and found the right stabilizer bent and twisted. Inspection of the aircraft revealed that the stabilizers were out of balance and that required maintenance had either not been performed or was improperly performed. An examination of the aircraft records revealed an airworthiness directive applicable to the BE-35 had not been complied with during the annual inspection performed approximately 11 hours prior to this flight.

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

failure by maintenance personnel to perform proper maintenance on the aircraft during an annual inspection, and failure to comply with an airworthiness directive.

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