NTSB Identification: CHI86FA170.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33457.
Accident occurred Monday, July 14, 1986 in BENTON HARBOR, MI
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA5B, registration: N81259
Injuries: 3 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.

THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ON RUNWAY 09. PASSENGER REMEMBERS THE PILOT STARTING TO TURN BACK TO THE AIRPORT WHEN THE WINGS WENT PERPENDICULAR TO THE HORIZON AND THE GROUND CAME RUSHING UP. TEARDOWN OF THE ENGINE REVEALED A BENT PUSH ROD AND A SPLIT PUSH ROD SHROUD ASSEMBLY.

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,TURN CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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

STALL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PUSH ROD..BENT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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