NTSB Identification: LAX84FA253.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24323.
Accident occurred Friday, April 13, 1984 in MCKINLEYVILLE, CA
Aircraft: STURGES BD-5B, registration: N42273
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER THE ACFT TOOK OFF, WITNESSES OBSERVED IT ENTER A LEFT TURN, PITCH NOSE UP, THEN ENTER A ROLLING/VERTICAL DESCENT & IMPACT AT THE EDGE OF A SURF. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE & ENG REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT/PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. A TEST PLT REPORTED THAT IN SPIN TESTS AT 10,000 FT, THE ACFT REQUIRED UP TO 2000 FT FOR RECOVERY.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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