NTSB Identification: FTW00LA169.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 24, 2000 in WEST, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/06/2001
Aircraft: Cecil THORP T-18, registration: N856CW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 amateur built airplane's fuel tank was topped off with 6 gallons of 100LL fuel and the airplane departed on a cross-country flight. According to radar data, the airplane was southbound and entered a descent. While descending through 2,300 feet the airplane executed a 180 degree turn to a northbound heading, initiated a climb, and ascended to approximately 4,000 feet. Subsequently, the airplane disappeared from radar. Following an 8-day search, the airplane was located in a crater measuring 10 feet in depth. Both wings exhibited compression from the leading edge aft. Efforts to recover the engine were ceased at a depth of 12 feet, and the engine was not recovered. There was no significant weather near the accident site at the time of the accident. An autopsy was performed and assessment of natural disease was precluded by extensive injuries and decomposition. Toxicological testing was negative for alcohol and drugs.

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

The loss of control for an undetermined reason.

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