NTSB Identification: ATL85FMG05.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28603.
Accident occurred Monday, July 15, 1985 in STATESVILLE, NC
Aircraft: FAIN EVANS VP-1, registration: N74VP
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 UNREGISTERED EXPIRED CERTIFICATED NEWLY PURCHASED EXPERIMENTAL ACFT WAS BEING FLOWN BY THE STUDENT PLT OWNER ON HIS 1ST FLT IN THE ACFT. THE ACFT WAS SEEN TO TAKEOFF AND MAKE A RIGHT TURN AFTER WHICH IT DESCENDED INTO TALL TREES. WITNESS REPORTED HEARING NORMAL ENG SOUNDS PRIOR TO IMPACT. A FRIEND OF THE PLT STATED THE PLT PROBABLY HAD NOT ACCUMULATED MORE THAN 20-25 HRS FLT TIME IN THE LAST 4 YRS. HE CONTINUED TO STATE HE HAD FLOWN THE ACFT ON THE PREVIOUS DAY AND IT PERFORMED NORMALLY BUT THE CONTROLS WERE VERY SENSITIVE AND THE PLT HAD NEVER FLOWN AN ACFT WITH A STICK INSTEAD OF A CONTROL YOKE.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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