NTSB Identification: LAX85FA241.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32930.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 05, 1985 in LEMOORE, CA
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN AT6A, registration: N144KM
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER DROPPING A PARACHUTIST TO OPEN AN AIR SHOW THE PLT'S TAKEOFF WAS DELAYED BY A BLOWN TIRE ON A LANDING AIRPLANE AND DIFFICULTIES WITH FILLING HIS SMOKE OIL TANK. AFTER COMPLETING ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF HIS AEROBATIC ROUTINE THE PLT RECOVERED FROM A REVERSE CUBAN EIGHT AT A LOW ALTITUDE. THE ANGLE OF ATTACK INCREASED DURING THE RECOVERY AND THE AIRSPEED APPEARED TO DECREASE. THE PLT BEGAN A ROLL TO THE LEFT WHICH CONTINUED PAST 180 DEG BEFORE THE NOSE OF THE ACFT DROPPED SHARPLY. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE GROUND INVERTED IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AT A BANK ANGLE LESS THAN 90 DEG. THERE WAS A LOUD EXPLOSION FOLLOWED BY A SEVERE GROUND FIRE.

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

AEROBATICS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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