NTSB Identification: FTW00LA117.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 05, 2000 in ORANGE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/02/2001
Aircraft: JOHNSON ZODIAC CH-601-HDS, registration: N601GJ
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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The single-engine experimental homebuilt airplane impacted the terrain while maneuvering in day visual meteorological conditions in the local area. Witnesses heard the engine stall, quit, and restart. Other witnesses observed the airplane stall and spiral down towards the ground in a clockwise direction. The airplane impacted terrain in a nose low attitude. Flight control continuity was confirmed. According to the manufacturer representative, who examined the engine, 'there was no engine condition identified which could be directly associated to engine failure or stoppage.' It could not be determined which of the two private pilots aboard the airplane was on the flight controls at the time of the accident.

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

the inadvertent stall while maneuvering. A contributing factor was the loss of engine power for an undetermined reason.

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