NTSB Identification: ATL86FA178.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31880.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 21, 1986 in MARLTON, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N89789
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.

ABOUT 10 MIN AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES & CRASHED WHILE THE PLTS WERE PERFORMING AEROBATIC MANEUVERS. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, AEROBATICS WERE BEING PERFORMED AT AN ABOUT 500 FT AGL. THEY RPRTD THAT THE PLTS HAD MADE AN OVERHEAD MANEUVER (LOOP) & WERE RECOVERING FROM A DSCNT WHEN THE ACFT HIT THE TREES. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FND. TOXICOLOGY CHECKS SHOWED THE LEFT SEAT OCCUPANT HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.246% & THE RGT SEAT OCCUPANT'S BLOOD/ALCOLOL LVL WAS 0.218%. THE ACFT WAS NOT CERTIFICATED FOR AEROBATIC FLT.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED




Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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