NTSB Identification: ATL88FA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35452.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 17, 1987 in MONROE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD M-62A-3, registration: N9132H
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.
REPTDLY, THE FLT PURPOSE WAS TO ADMINISTER A BFR TO THE PLT/OWNER OF THE ACFT. THE FIRST TAKEOFF WAS ABORTED. THE ACFT DEPTD AGAIN WITHOUT AN APPARENT PROBLEM. AFTER ABOUT 30 MINUTES, THE APT MGR HEARD AND SAW THE ACFT IN A VERTICAL DESCENT AND ROTATING ABOUT THE LONGITUDINAL AXIS. IT DISAPPEARED BEHIND TREES. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND IN A WOODLAND AND THE WRECKAGE SCATTER PATTERN INDICATED AN INFLIGHT BREAK-UP. NO EVIDENCE OF ROT WAS FOUND IN THE PRIMARY WOOD STRUCTURE OF THE AIRCRAFT. IT WAS NOT DETERMINED WHAT MANEUVER PRECEDED THE BREAKUP OR WHICH PILOT WAS OPERATING THE FLIGHT CONTROLS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED
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