NTSB Identification: DEN87MA168.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34838.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 04, 1987 in LAKESIDE, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: BEECH D18S, registration: N132E
Injuries: 10 Fatal.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT BORROWED THE ACFT TO FLY A MUSICAL GROUP TO KALISPELL FOR A PVT ENGAGEMENT AT LAKESIDE, MT, WHICH WAS APRX 15 MI SOUTH OF THE ARPT. THAT EVENING, THE GROUP BOARDED THE ACFT FOR THE RETURN FLT. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ACFT WAS SEEN FLYING AT LOW ALT IN THE VCNTY OF WHERE THE MUSICAL GROUP HAD PERFORMED. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED AT A VERY LOW ALT WHEN IT ENTERED AN ABRUPT CLIMB, THEN WENT INTO A WINGOVER OR HAMMERHEAD STALL TYPE OF MANEUVER & REVERSED DIRECTION. HOWEVER, BEFORE RECOVERING FROM THE ENSUING DIVE, THE ACFT CRASHED ON WOODED TERRAIN. WITNESSES SAID THE ENGS APPEARED TO BE RUNNING NORMALLY. A TEST OF THE PLT'S BLOOD SHOWED A SLIGHT AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL; HOWEVER, THERE WERE INDCNS THIS WAS DUE TO PUTREFACTION.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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