NTSB Identification: FTW88FA132.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37395.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 1988 in ELECTRA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2459K
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PRIVATE PILOT'S LOGBOOK INDICATED HE HAD A CHECKOUT ON STEEP TURNS AND SPINS TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. HE ALSO LOGGED FOUR LANDINGS DURING THE SAME ONE-HALF HOUR FLIGHT. A WITNESS SAW THE AIRPLANE COMPLETE A THREE TURN SPIN AND SAW IT START TO RECOVER BEFORE HE LOST SIGHT OF IT BEHIND A HILL. HE DID NOT SEE ANY DUST OR FIRE AND ASSUMED IT HAD RECOVERED UNTIL SEVERAL DAYS LATER WHEN HE HEARD AN AIRPLANE WAS MISSING. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED LEVEL TERRAIN IN A NOSE LOW, RIGHT WING SLIGHTLY DOWN FROM AN APPROXIMATE 45 DEGREE ANGLE DOWN FLIGHT PATH.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

STALL/SPIN..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING(EMERGENCY PROCEDURE(S))..PILOT IN COMMAND

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