NTSB Identification: CHI87FA195.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37547.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 23, 1987 in BAILEYVILLE, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8207B
Injuries: 3 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.

WHILE PERFORMING A LOW LEVEL (300-400' ABOVE THE GROUND) FLIGHT SEARCH FOR A REMOTE CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT THAT HAD BEEN LOST DURING FLIGHT, THE PILOT LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED A 'TIGHT LEFT TURN', AND THEN THE NOSE SUDDENLY DROPPED AND THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED INTO A CORNFIELD IN A 50-60 DEGREE NOSE DOWN, RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE.

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

AIRSPEED(VS)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..ENCOUNTERED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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