NTSB Identification: BFO89LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37491.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 16, 1988 in RIDGEWAY, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: PITTS S-1S, registration: N66RJ
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 LANDED TO THE SOUTH ON THE PRIVATE AIRSTRIP. IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE A LEFT 180 DEG TURN TO BACK TAXI ON THE RUNWAY AND AVOID ACFT PARKED ALONG THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, THE PILOT STEERED HIS AIRPLANE TO THE RIGHT. WHILE TURNING TO THE RIGHT, THE AIRPLANE TRAVELED INTO A DITCH AND NOSED OVER. THE RUNWAY NARROWS AT THE POINT WHERE THE AIRPLANE TRAVELED INTO THE DITCH.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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