NTSB Identification: MIA92FA174.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47617.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 06, 1992 in INVERNESS, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/1993
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N70734
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.

THE STUDENT PILOT WHO HAD NOT RECEIVED A SOLO ENDORSEMENT FROM A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR BORROWED THE AIRCRAFT FROM THE OWNER. THE STUDENT THEN FLEW SOLO TO CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI WHERE A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR ENDORSED HIM FOR SOLO FLIGHT. THE STUDENT THEN RETURNED TO INVERNESS, MISSISSIPPI AND REFUELED THE AIRCRAFT. THE STUDENT THEN FLEW TO LELAND, MISSISSIPPI AND PICKED UP A PASSENGER. THE STUDENT AND PASSENGER THEN DEPARTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEER SPOTTING. THE FLIGHT WAS OBSERVED FLYING LOW AND AT A SLOW SPEED IN THE CRASH AREA. THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE WAS FOUND THE NEXT DAY. THE AIRCRAFT HAD CRASHED NOSE FIRST AT A SLOW SPEED IN AN AREA OF TREES. ONLY ONE SMALL BRANCH ON A TREE HAD BEEN DAMAGED BY THE DESCENDING AIRCRAFT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PRECRASH FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE, FLIGHT CONTROLS, OR ENGINE.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT IN COMMAND TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED ABOVE STALL AIRSPEED RESULTING IN THE AIRCRAFT STALLING AND ENTERING A SPIN FROM WHICH IT DESCENDED UNCONTROLLED TO THE GROUND.

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