NTSB Identification: NYC85FA162.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31599.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 04, 1985 in CAPE MAY, NJ
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N1880G
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Uninjured.

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 TOW PLANE CAME IN FOR A BANNER PICKUP. THE GROUND HANDLER HOLDING THE TAIL OF THE DOUBLE BANNER HAD HIS LEFT FOOT CAUGHT BY THE BANNER AS IT WENT AIRBORNE. THE GROUND HANDLER WAS CARRIED 50 TO 100 FT IN THE AIR PRIOR TO FALLING TO THE GROUND. THE GROUND HANDLER WAS FATALLY INJURED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT DAMAGED AND PILOT WAS NOT INJURED. THE OPERATOR STATED THAT THE GROUND HANDLER WHO HAD BEEN EMPLOYED TWO WEEKS HAD RECEIVED TRAINING ON PROPER PROCEDURES. NO TRAINING IS REQUIRED BY THE 14 CFR 91.

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

TOWING/ADVERTISING/EXTERNAL LOAD EQUIPMENT..OTHER

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

PROPER ASSISTANCE..MISJUDGED..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..GROUND PERSONNEL



Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..GROUND PERSONNEL

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