NTSB Identification: NYC87DNE02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37231.
Accident occurred Friday, April 10, 1987 in NORTH ADAMS, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: SPRAGUE CHRISTIAN EAGLE II, registration: N11GS
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

THE CHRISTIAN EAGLE WAS COMING IN FOR A TOUCH AND GO WHEN IT SANK INTO TREES, TURNED AROUND AND BECAME INVOLVED IN A POSTCRASH FIRE. THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED AND THE PLT FATALLY INJURED. A PILOT WHO PRECEDED THE ACCIDENT AIRCRAFT SAID THE WINDS WERE GUSTY AND THAT THE GUSTY CONDITIONS WERE INTERMITTENT. NO PRE-EXISTING PROBLEMS WERE FOUND WITH THE AIRCRAFT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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