NTSB Identification: DEN87FA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32286.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 08, 1986 in RICHEY, MT
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N3742Z
Injuries: 2 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.

AFTER MAKING A LOW PASS SO THE PASSENGER COULD SHOOT AT A COYOTE, THE PLT INITIATED A RGT TURN TO POSITION THE ACFT FOR ANOTHER PASS. WHILE IN THE TURN, THE ACFT IMPACTED THE GROUND. THE PLT STATED THAT THE PASSENGER (REAR SEAT OCCUPANT) WAS PARTIALLY OUT THE OPEN DOOR WITH HIS RGT FOOT ON THE WING STRUT. RPRTDLY, THE PASSENGER GOT HIS LEG AGAINST THE CONTROL STICK & THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO ROLL OUT OF THE TURN. THE PASSENGER WAS NOT USING HIS SEAT BELT. HE RECEIVED A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY & COULD NOT RECALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ACDNT. THE PLT RECOMMENDED REMOVAL OF THE REAR CONTROL STICK AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE TO PREVENT POSSIBLE PASSENGER INTERFERANCE WITH THE FLT CONTROLS.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

CONTROL INTERFERENCE..INADVERTENT..PASSENGER




Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT..NOT USED..PASSENGER

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