NTSB Identification: CHI88FA120.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39990.
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 1988 in WAUTOMA, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/1990
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N28156
Injuries: 1 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.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PILOT PERFORMED A HIGH PERFORMANCE TAKEOFF FOLLOWED BY A WINGOVER MANEUVER. NO RECOVERY OR PULL-UP FROM THE MANEUVER WAS SEEN BY WITNESSES. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED A DENSE STAND OF 20 TO 30 FOOT PINE TREES. THE AIRPORT MANAGER SAW AND SPOKE TO THE PILOT BEFORE THE FLIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE AIRPORT MANAGER, THE PILOT WAS ATYPICALLY UNRESPONSIVE AND WITHDRAWN AS IF SOMETHING WAS BOTHERING HIM.

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

PERFORMANCE OF AN AEROBATIC MANEUVER WITH INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE FOR RECOVERY.

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