NTSB Identification: FTW90LA008.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41043.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 08, 1989 in AMARILLO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/25/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N8727D
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

AFTER DEPARTURE THE AIRCRAFT STARTED A LEFT TURN WHICH THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT BY APPLYING RIGHT AILERON AND RUDDER INPUTS. THE PILOT MANEUVERED THE AIRCRAFT TO RETURN TO THE AIRSTRIP FOR A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. DURING THE MANEUVER, THE PILOT DID NOT MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL AND STALLED, RESULTING IN A COLLISION WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PILOT DID NOT USE A CHECK LIST BEFORE TAKE OFF AND FAILED TO SEE THAT THE STABILIZER WAS SET TO THE FULL NOSE DOWN POSITION. THE PILOT SKIDDED THE AIRCRAFT AND DEPLETED THE AIRSPEED TO AVOID A CRANE BOOM AND POWER LINES RESULTING IN A LOSS OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL.

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

THE LOSS OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL BY THE PILOT.

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