NTSB Identification: LAX85FA311.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30227.
Accident occurred Monday, July 08, 1985 in MARANA, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N5204P
Injuries: 2 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 PASSENGER HAD JUST PURCHASED PROPERTY AT THE ACCIDENT SITE AND INTENDED TO TAKE AERIAL VIDEO TAPE FOOTAGE OF THE PROPERTY. WITNESSES SAW THE PLT AND PASSENGER BOARD THE ACFT WITH VIDEO CAMERA AND RECORDER. AFTER DEPARTUE, THE ACFT FLEW DIRECTLY TO THE ACCIDENT SITE AND PROCEEDED TO DO STEEP BANK TURNS ABOUT 100 FT AGL. WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT ABRUPTLY PITCH DOWN AND ROLL TO THE RIGHT, IMPACTING ON THE RIGHT WING TIP. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE ACFT DEPARTED AT A MINIMUM OF 82 POUNDS OVER GROSS WITH THE CG AT THE AFT LIMIT. ACCORDING TO CESSNA SUPPLY DATA, THE EFFECT OF THE 82 POUND OVER WEIGHT CONDITION WOULD BE A 2.5% INCREASE IN THE PWR OFF STALL SPEED. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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