NTSB Identification: MKC85FA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28343.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 27, 1985 in NORTH LOUP, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N9973Q
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 ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING LOW OVER THE GROUND IN THE VICINITY OF WHERE IT EVENTUALLY CRASHED. A WITNESS APRX 1/2 MI FROM THE CRASH SITE NOTICED THE PLANE FLYING LOW OVER A CORN FIELD AS THOUGH THE STUDENT PLT WAS PRACTICING AG-ACFT TYPE SWATH RUNS. (THE ACFT WAS NOT EQUIPPED FOR SUCH OPERATIONS). AT THE END OF EACH SWATH RUN, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO PULL UP SHARPLY. AFTER THE LAST PULL-UP, IT ROTATED 180 DEG AT THE TOP OF THE MANEUVER, THEN DESCENDED & IMPACTED THE GROUND WHERE IT BURNED & WAS DEMOLISHED BY FIRE. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE FLT CONTROL CONNECTIONS WERE INTACT. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A NEAR VERTICAL DESCENT.
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:STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND
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