NTSB Identification: LAX84FA258.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24480.
Accident occurred Monday, April 16, 1984 in SKULL VALLEY, AZ
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7AC, registration: N85034
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 ACFT HAD BEEN FLOWN ON SEVERAL LOCAL FLTS, EARLIER THAT DAY. THE LAST KNOWN FLT ORIGINATED AT THE ERNEST J LOVE ARPT, PRESCOTT, AZ, AT 1600 MST. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT CRASHED NEAR THE DEPARTURE END OF RWY 02 AT THE QUARTER CIRCLE 'J' ARPT, WHICH WAS IN THE LOCAL AREA AT SKULL VALLEY, AZ. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE ACFT HAD IMPACTED IN A NEAR VERITCLE, NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE AFT PART OF THE EMPENNAGE WAS BENT & TWISTED TO THE RIGHT. THE PROP BLADES HAD NUMEROUS CHORDWISE SCUFFING & 'S' TWISTING SIGNATURES. NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT PART MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND. RWY 2 HAS A 2% UPHILL GRADIENT & HIGH TERRAIN IS LOCATED NORTH OF THE ARPT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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