NTSB Identification: LAX84FA215.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24253.
Accident occurred Monday, March 12, 1984 in CLOVIS, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N66436
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 PLT HAD CALLED HIS GIRLFRIEND TO SAY HE WAS GOING TO FLY OVER HER HOUSE AN THAT HE WANTED HER TO WAVE AT HIM AS HE FLEW PAST. IN FLYING LOW OVER HER HOUSE THE PLT WAVED AND YELLED LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD ON THE GROUND. A FRIEND SAID THAT DURING A RECTANGULAR FLT PATH OPPOSITE THE GIRLS HOUSE THE NOSE PITCHED UP AND THE ACFT ENTERED A SPIN AND COMPLETED 3 TURNS BEFORE IMPACT WITH A UTILITY POLE AND THE GROUND. OTHER WITNESSES SAID THE ACFT HAD BEEN DOING AEROBATICS AND HAD STALLED BEFORE THE FATAL SPIN. TWO WITNESSES SAID THEY WERE TRYING TO GET THE ACFT NUMBER TO REPORT IT TOO FAA FOR LOW FLYING. IN A POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION NOTHING WAS FOUND WRONG WITH THE ACFT OTHER THAN IMPACT DAMAGETHE PROPELLER EVIDENCED TORSIONAL LOAD AT IMPACT. NO PRE-IMPACT ABNORMAL CONDITION WAS NOTED IN THE EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT OCCUPANTS BODIES.

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE

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