NTSB Identification: MIA98LA063.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 31, 1998 in VALDOSTA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N738YK
Injuries: 1 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 student pilot had flown low over his father who was on a tractor in a field near the crash site. The student then climbed to 3,000 feet where he performed a departure stall, followed by a descending spiral. He stated that while descending he became disoriented and did not recover from the descending spiral before impact with the ground. He further stated that he had buzzed someone on an earlier flight and was advised by his flight instructor not to do so again. He also stated that there was no airframe or engine preimpact failure or malfunction.

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

The failure of the student to recover (pull-up) from the intentional maneuver resulting in the in-flight collision with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the ostentatious display by the student.

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