NTSB Identification: FTW85LA232.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29546.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 26, 1985 in LUBBOCK, TX
Aircraft: PITTS SPECIAL S-1C, registration: N22BD
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT, ALTHOUGH WELL EXPERIENCED, HAD RECORDED ONLY ONE HOUR OF FLIGHT TIME IN THIS MAKE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT AND NO FLIGHT TIME IN ANY AIRCRAFT WITHIN THE 90 DAY PERIOD PRECEDING THE ACCIDENT. THIS IS THE INFORMATION RECORDED ON THE PILOT/OPERATOR AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT (NTSB FORM 6120.1) WHICH HE COMPLETED AND SIGNED FOR THE NTSB ACCIDENT INVESTIGATOR. THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING HIS TAKEOFF GROUND RUN, ROLLED OFF THE SIDE OF THE ASPHALT RUNWAY, CROSSED ABOUT 100 FEET OF GRASS AREA, AND ROLLED INTO A PLOWED FIELD WHERE THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER AND CAME TO REST IN AN INVERTED ATTITUDE.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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