NTSB Identification: CHI84FA142.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26828.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 27, 1984 in PORTAGE, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N6733E
Injuries: 3 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.

DURING A RETURN FLT TO TRAVERSE CITY, MI, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AT 'TREE TOP' & 'ROOF HEIGHT'. IN THE VICINITY OF THE CRASH SITE, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED MANEUVERING. IT ENTERED A DIVE A TREE TOP LEVEL, THEN MADE A SWEEPING 270 DEG TURN TO ABOUT 500 FT AGL. AS IT WAS MANEUVERING, THE ACFT ENTERED A STEEP LEFT BANK, THEN THE RIGHT WING DROPPED & THE ACFT ENTERED A SPIN & CRASHED. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE ACFT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE LOADED TO A WT OF 2420 LBS. THE MAX AUTHORIZED GROSS WT WAS 2350 LBS.

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

BUZZING..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

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


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