NTSB Identification: CHI85FA121.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27520.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 23, 1985 in COLDWATER, OH
Aircraft: Mooney M20K, registration: N231GX
Injuries: 4 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.

THE FLIGHT DEPARTED WITHOUT A PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION, ENGINE RUN UP, OR RADIO CALL ON UNICOM. THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED DOING LOW ALTITUDE AEROBATIC MANEUVERS. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT NOSE OVER AND IMPACT THE GROUND IN A NEAR VERTICA ATTITUDE FROM ABOUT 200 FT AGL. THE ENGINE WAS HEARD TO BE OPERATING AT OR NEAR FULL POWER UP TO IMPACT.

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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