NTSB Identification: LAX85LA342.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29794.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 03, 1985 in VAN NUYS, CA
Aircraft: PITTS S-2A, registration: N88M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER PRACTICING ACROBATICS THE PLT RETURNED TO THE ARPT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRACTICING LANDINGS. HE MADE THE FIRST ONE SUCCESSFULLY, BUT FLARED OUT HIGH ON THE SECOND LANDING. THE ACFT BOUNCED 'HARD' ON THE RWY TWICE, & THE PLT ELECTED TO GO AROUND. AFTER APPLYING ENG POWER, THE ACFT DRIFTED LEFT, OVERFLEW THE RUNWAY'S EDGE & COLLIDED WITH A SIGN. THE PLT CONTINUED WITH THE GO AROUND & LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER MISHAP. THE PLT REPORTED HAVING 354 TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS OF WHICH 11.7 WERE LOGGED AS PIC IN THE PITTS MODEL OF ACFT.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



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