NTSB Identification: ATL89DMG03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38954.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 07, 1989 in FUQUAY-VARINA, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/1990
Aircraft: SMITHGALL PITTS SPECIAL S-1C, registration: N7VC
Injuries: 1 Serious.

THE PILOT WAS PRACTICING AN AEROBATIC MANEUVER WHICH CULMINATED IN A SPIN. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE FOUND HIMSELF IN A POSITION FROM WHICH THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO RECOVER. WHILE STILL DESCENDING, THE AIRCRAFT HIT TREES & CRASHED. THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO CRAWL AWAY FROM THE AIRCRAFT BEFORE IT BEGAN BURNING. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT WAS DEMOLISHED BY FIRE.

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

PILOT DID NOT MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO INSURE RECOVERY FROM AN AEROBATIC MANEUVER AND SPIN.

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