NTSB Identification: FTW88DRA15.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37333.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 1988 in BAYTOWN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1989
Aircraft: AIR COMMAND ELITE 532, registration: N91359
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO TAKEOFF AND TURN RIGHT CROSSWIND. DRNG THE CROSSWIND, THE RPM INCREASED SUDDENLY. THE ACFT PITCHED NOSE DOWNWARDS, IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A VERTICAL DESCENT AND BURNED. THE PLT/BUILDER HAD A TOTAL OF 5 HRS IN THE NEW ACFT. NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT STRUCTURAL, ROTOR, OR SYSTEM FAILURE WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MANUFACTURER OF THE KITS FOR THE ACFT INDICATED THAT THE ACFT IS EASY TO OVERCONTROL AND CAN LEAD TO PORPOISING WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO CORRECT.

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

AIRCRAFT CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PORPOISE/PILOT-INDUCED OSCILLATION..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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