NTSB Identification: MIA97FA142.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 20, 1997 in APEX, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/1998
Aircraft: Boeing Stearman N2S-4, registration: N61S
Injuries: 2 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 flight flying south to north over the lake at an altitude of about 30 feet. The aircraft climbed slightly to clear a bridge and then descended back to about 30 feet above the lake. The flight then entered into a loop from that altitude and prior to completion of the maneuver collided with the lake in a nose down attitude. The pilot had leg and hand injuries consistent with operating the aircraft at the time of the accident.

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

The pilot-in-command's ostentatious display by performing an aerobatic maneuver with inadequate altitude.

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