NTSB Identification: CHI89DEM03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41830.
Accident occurred Monday, June 19, 1989 in ELK RAPIDS, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1992
Aircraft: BENETEAU STEEN SKYBOLT, registration: N199BP
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING THE PILOT MAKE A LOW PASS (300 FT AGL) OVER THE RUNWAY DURING WHICH THE AIRPLANE ENTERED A ROLL TO THE LEFT. WHEN THE AIRPLANE REACHED THE INVERTED POSITION, IT PITCHED DOWNWARD AND DESCENDED TO IMPACT WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PILOT PURCHASED THE AIRPLANE ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT AND HAD APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR FLIGHT TIME IN THE AIRPLANE.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL WHILE ATTEMPTING AN AEROBATIC MANEUVER. FACTORS RELATED TO THE WERE: INADEQUATE ALTITUDE AND LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT.

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