NTSB Identification: SEA96FA133.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 20, 1996 in POMEROY, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Bellanca 8KCAB, registration: N57514
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Witnesses observed the aircraft overfly the pilot's east-west turf landing strip traveling westbound at an estimated height of 50 feet above the runway in straight and level flight. The witnesses reported having seen the pilot arrive and overfly his airstrip in a similar fashion on previous occasions. The closest witness reported observing the aircraft 'passing the east end of the runway' and entering 'a steep climb' and then banking 'to the left in a steep diving turn' after which 'it leveled out and began a climb after a 270 degree turn.' The witness also reported that 'the only difference (he) noticed between this occasion and the many times (he) had seen this plane land in the past was the turn seemed to be tighter.' The aircraft impacted 25 degree upsloping terrain approximately 50 feet below the rim level at which his airstrip was situated. One propeller blade displayed 'S' bending deformation while the opposing blade displayed tip curl.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance with the surrounding terrain while maneuvering to land. A factor was the rising terrain conditions.

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