NTSB Identification: MIA86FA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31074.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 26, 1986 in ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172D, registration: N2321U
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 ON SECOND ATTEMPT TO PICK UP AN AERIAL ADVERTISING BANNER THE FLIGHT CAPTURED THE BANNER AND AS IT PULLED UP TO CLIMB OUT THE PILOT STATED THE AIRCRAFT WOULD NOT CLIMB. THE AIRCRAFT THEN STALLED AND CRASHED TO THE GROUND IN A NOSE LOW LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE WITH THE BANNER STILL ATTACHED. WITNESSES STATED AS THE AIRCRAFT APPROACHED TO PICK UP THE BANNER IT APPEARED TO BE FLYING SLOW. THE BANNER PICKED UP CONTAINED 41 LETTERS ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE PILOT STATED HE NORMALLY NEVER CARRIES MORE THAN 38 LETTERS.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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