NTSB Identification: DEN87FA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34078.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 07, 1987 in BERTHOLD, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1988
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N88177
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 PLT TOOK OFF TO THE EAST FROM A FARM DRIVEWAY TO RETURN HOME. WITNESSES SAW THE AIRPLANE MAKE AN IMMEDIATE RIGHT TURN, FOLLOWED BY A LEFT TURN AT APRX 35-50 FT AGL. THE ACFT APPROACHED THE FARM AT APRX 50-100 FT AGL. THE ACFT SUDDENLY PULLED UP, BANKED RIGHT, ROLLED INVERTED, AND CRASHED IN AN OPEN PLOWED FIELD. WITNESSES SAID IT APPEARED THE PLT DID NOT SEE AN ANTENNA MOUNTED ON TOP OF A GRAIN BIN AND MAY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO AVOID HITTING IT. THE PLT HAD FLOWN INTO THE FARM BEFORE AND WAS SAID TO BE AN ACCOMPLISHED AEROBATIC PILOT AND AERIAL APPLICATOR.

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

LOW PASS..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PULL-UP..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PANIC..PILOT IN COMMAND

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