NTSB Identification: MIA88FA262.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37722.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 1988 in DAVIE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: COMMENS MIDGET MUSTANG I, registration: N35LC
Injuries: 1 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 FLYING THE HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A SWAMP, AND THERE WERE NO WITNESSES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED 4 DAYS LATER. FRIENDS OF THE PILOT RECALLED THAT IN THE 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT THE PILOT HAD BRAGGED TO THEM ABOUT THE HIGH 'G' AEROBATIC MANEUVERS HE HAD BEEN DOING. A REVIEW OF THE PILOTS RECORDS REVEALED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 3 HOURS OF AEROBATIC INSTRUCTION 2 YEARS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A 50 DEGREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE ACFT'S FLT CONTROL CONTINUITY WAS ESTABLISHED IN A POST ACC INSPECTION. THE AILERONS HAD FAILED AT THEIR MOUNTS BUT WERE AT THE ACC SITE.

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

AEROBATICS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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