NTSB Identification: LAX88DXQ02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37318.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 28, 1988 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: BARON MINICOUPE, registration: N8534A
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO BUZZ FRIENDS OF THE PILOT WHO WERE WINDSURFING ON SAILBOARDS. THE AIRPLANE WAS SEEN MANEUVERING ERRATICALLY AT A VERY LOW ALTITUDE OVER THE BOCA RESERVOIR. WITNESSES SAID THE AIRPLANE DID SEVERAL STEEP TURNS AND APPEARED TO STALL. THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN IN A NOSE LOW, LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE. WITNESSES INDICATED THE WINDS WERE GUSTING TO 30 MPH AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. TOX TESTS REVEALED 110-124 NG/ML MARIJUANA METABOLITES IN THE URINE OF THE PILOT. TOX TESTING OF BLOOD WAS NEGATIVE FOR MARIJUANA METABOLITES. THE AIRPLANE WAS CERTIFIED IN THE EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY. ACROBATICS/ABRUPT MANEUVERS WERE PROHIBITED.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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