NTSB Identification: ATL88LA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34092.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 18, 1987 in CLARKS HILL, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: PIPER J-3, registration: N98806
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.

THE AIRCRAFT WAS CIRCLING ABOUT 200 FEET ABOVE THE TREES WHEN THE PILOT BEGAN A CLIMBING TURN. AS HE LEVELED THE WINGS THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO DESCEND. THE PILOT APPLIED FULL POWER AND EASED FORWARD ON THE CONTROL STICK LOWERING THE AIRCRAFT NOSE SLIGHTLY. WHEN HE PULLED BACK ON THE FLIGHT CONTROL THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO DESCEND INTO THE TREES. THE PILOT REPORTED HE WAS ONLY ABLE TO MOVE THE CONTROL STICK THROUGH APRX 50% OF ITS TRAVEL WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO LEVEL THE AIRCRAFT. HE FELT THAT THE BOTTOM REAR SEAT CUSHION MAY HAVE SLID FORWARD, AS IT HAD PREVIOUSLY, RESTRICTING THE CONTROL STICK TRAVEL.

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

FUSELAGE,SEAT..LOOSE

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,YOKE/CONTROL STICK..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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