NTSB Identification: LAX98FA112.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 14, 1998 in LAKE BERRYESSA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Gough-Herrman CHRISTEN EAGLE II, registration: N331GH
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 aircraft flying over the lake about 1,000 feet or less. They reported that the aircraft rolled inverted, flew for about 5 or 6 seconds, pitched downward, rotated 90 degrees, and impacted the water in a near vertical attitude. According to the designer/kit manufacturer, and based on the estimated weight and balance information, the aircraft was forward of the aerobatic weight envelope.

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

was the pilot-in-command's failure to maintain control of the aircraft. Contributing to the accident was the improper altitude.

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