NTSB Identification: MKC85FA124.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28746.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 09, 1985 in CARLISLE, IA
Aircraft: E.T. MEREDITH III CHRISTEN EAGLE II, registration: N33ET
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.

THE AEROBATIC AIRPLANE HAD A TOTAL OF 23.6 FLIGHT HOURS AT THE TIME OF THIS ACCIDENT. THIS ACCIDENT PILOT HAD FLOWN 6.3 HOURS OF THAT TIME. THE AIRCRAFT LOG DID NOT INDICATE ANY SPIN PRACTICE BY THIS PILOT IN THIS AIRPLANE BUT DID INDICATE THREE FLIGHTS WITH SPINS BY ANOTHER PILOT. THIS ACCIDENT PRECEEDED BY 20 MINUTES OF LOW ALTITUDE, HIGH SPEED FLIGHT AND AEROBATICS. PILOT APPEARED TO HAVE INITIATED A RIGHT SPIN AT 500 TO 1200 FEET AGL. SPIN CONTINUED TO IMPACT. ALTIMETER HAD NOT BEEN SET TO ZERO ALTITUDE BEFORE TAKEOFF.

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:

AEROBATICS..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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