NTSB Identification: DEN88LA177.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36757.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 1988 in BUTTE, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: ROSSI PITTS S-1S, registration: N59J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS EN ROUTE TO THE WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RED DEAR, ALBERTA, CANADA. HE DEPARTED WINNEMUCCA, NEVADA, AND WAS ON HIS WAY TO HELENA, MONTANA. OVER DILLON, MONTANA, HE OBSERVED A THUNDERSTORM, LIGHTNING AND RAIN, AND ELECTED TO LAND AT BUTTE, MONTANA. THE PILOT ABANDONED A LANDING ATTEMPT TO RUNWAY 11 BECAUSE HE 'COULDN'T MAINTAIN CONTROL.' HE ABANDONED A SECOND LANDING ATTEMPT TO RUNWAY 15 BECAUSE HE 'LOST' CONTROL AGAIN.' ON HIS THIRD LANDING ATTEMPT TO RUNWAY 15, THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND CRASHED. REPORTED WINDS AT BUTTE WERE FROM 270 DEGREES AT 40 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 50 KNOTS. PEAK WIND WAS 50 KNOTS, WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS AT 40 KNOTS.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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