NTSB Identification: FTW88FA100.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38667.
Accident occurred Friday, May 13, 1988 in GOLDEN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N5577R
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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.

ACFT WAS OPERATING ON AN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY FLT AT 200 TO 500' AGL AND 70 TO 80 MPH. THE COMMERCIAL PLT STATED THAT AS HE WAS IN A BANK THE ACFT SEEMED TO BE 'PUSHED' INTO THE 60 TO 80' TREES OVER WHICH HE WAS FLYING AND THAT IT 'FELL OUT OF THE AIR'. HE ALSO STATED THAT HE NEVER FELT THE ACFT BUFFET OR HEARD THE STALL WARNING. WITNESSES STATED THAT PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT THE ACFT WAS MAKING ABRUPT MANEUVERS USING STEEP ANGLES OF BANK. EVIDENCE INDICATED THAT THE ACFT ENTERED THE TREES AT LOW SPEED IN A STEEP RIGHT BANK. THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT REVEAL ANY EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT OR ANY OF ITS SYSTEMS.

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED(VS)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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