NTSB Identification: SEA85FA100.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28009.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 28, 1985 in BLISS, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA-14, registration: N5122H
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 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 ACFT WAS OBSERVED BY WITNESSES TO CLIMB OUT AT A STEEP ANGLE & SLOW AIRSPEED AFTER THE 3RD TOUCH & GO BEFORE PERFORMING A WINGOVER LIKE MANEUVER & CRASHING IN THE X-WIND TURN. THE PAX REPORTED THE PLT EXECUTING A STEEP LEFT TURN BEFORE THE ACFT BEGAN A SMOOTH RAPID DESCENT. THE FLAPS WERE FOUND RETRACTED. THE PLT REPORTED HAVING FLOWN FOR THE PREVIOUS 10 YEARS BUT POSSESSED ONLY A STUDENT PLT CERTIFICATE. HE ALSO REPORTED UNFAMILIARITY WITH THE COCKPIT ERGONOMICS OF THE PA-14 AS COMPARED TO THE PA-18 WHICH HE HAD BEEN FLYING.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
RAISING OF FLAPS..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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