NTSB Identification: LAX86FA320A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33037.
Accident occurred Friday, August 08, 1986 in VAN NUYS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/19/1988
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N50443
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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.

TWO PLTS, 1 FLYING BELLANCA 7GCBC, N50443, THE OTHER FLYING CHAMPION 7KCAB, N443E, TOOK THEIR GIRL FRIENDS ON A FLT WHICH INCLUDED FORMATION FLYING. THE CHAMPION PLT RPRTD HE FLEW FORMATION WITH THE BELLANCA WITH APRX A 20' SPREAD. RPRTDLY, ABOUT HALF WAY THRU THE FLT, WHILE THE CHAMPION WAS ON BELLANCA'S LEFT WING, THE BELLANCA PITCHED UP ABRUPTLY &WENT OUT OF FORMATION. AFTER REJOINING, THE CHAMPION PLT NOTICED THAT THE BELLANCA'S LEFT STABILIZER WAS BENT ON THE LEFT SIDE. LATER, SMALL ABRASIONS WERE FND ON THE CHAMPION'S RGT WING TIP WHICH MATCHED THE BELLANCA'S LEFT STABILIZER. THE PAX OF THE CHAMPION INDCD THAT AT TIMES DRG THE FLT, THE 2 ACFT CAME IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF EACH OTHER.

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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