NTSB Identification: CHI88FA012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35531.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 31, 1987 in LAWRENCEVILLE, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N41682
Injuries: 2 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 AEROBATIC MANEUVERS THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED A SPIN TO THE LEFT AND DID NOT RECOVER BEFORE IMPACTING THE GROUND. THE ACFT ENTERED THE SPIN AFTER THE PLT ANNOUNCED THAT THIS SPIN WOULD BE THE LAST MANEUVER BEFORE LANDING. THE SPIN WAS STARTED AT ABOUT 1000 FT AGL. ROTATION STOPPED AND NOSE WAS BEING RAISED BUT THE ACFT CONTACTED THE GROUND BEFORE RECOVERY WAS COMPLETED. THIS TYPE OF LUNCHTIME AIRSHOW WAS NOT SANCTIONED BY FAA, BUT HAD BECOME A TRADITION AT THIS FLT SCHOOL DURING 'DADS WEEKEND'.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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