NTSB Identification: MIA84FA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24348.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 15, 1984 in LAKELAND, FL
Aircraft: SOUTHERN COMFORT, registration: N19FH
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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.
WHILE PERFORMING AEROBATICS AT AN AIRSHOW, THE FABRIC ON TOP OF THE UPPER WING STARTED SEPARATING FROM THE WING. THE PLT CONTINUED FLYING THE ACFT & TRIED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. HOWEVER, WHEN FLT COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED WITH FULL POWER, DUE TO LOSS OF AIRSPEED & ALT, THE PLT PARACHUTED FROM THE ACFT. THE ACFT CRASHED IN AN OPEN FIELD & BURNED. THE PLT'S PARACHUTE OPENED JUST SECONDS BEFORE HE IMPACTED THE GROUND. HE RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES DURING GROUND CONTACT AFTER INITIATING HIS BAIL-OUT AT APRX 500 FT. THE OWNER/BUILDER STATED THAT HE REALIZED THAT FABRIC OF AEROBATIC ACFT NORMALLY HAVE STICHES 1 INCH APART, BUT HE BUILT HIS WITH STICHES 2 INCHES APART. HE STATED THAT WHEN HE BUILT THE ACFT, HE DID NOT PLAN TO ALLOW AEROBATICS TO BE DONE WITH THE ACFT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:WING,SKIN..FAILURE,TOTAL
INADEQUATE QUALITY CONTROL..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL
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