NTSB Identification: MIA84LA127B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24286.
Accident occurred Monday, April 02, 1984 in ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
Aircraft: PITTS S-2-B, registration: N5302M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLTS OF A BUCKER JUNGMANN, N1947G, & A PITTS S-2B, N5302M, WERE PRACTICING FOR AN AIRSHOW. THEY BEGAN A MANEUVER CALLED A 'MIRROR FLY-BY' IN WHICH THE BUCKER WAS ROLLED UPSIDE DOWN & THE PITTS WAS FLOWN UNDERNEATH IT. DUE TO THE AIR FLOW OVER THE WINGS THE ACFT WERE PUSHED APART AS THEY FLEW IN FORMATION; HOWEVER, THE PLTS ELECTED TO MODIFY THE MANEUVER BY HAVING THE PITTS MOVE FORWARD. AS THE ACFT WERE POSITIONED TO WHERE THE WINGS WERE NOT OVERLAPPED, THE ACFT CONVERGED INTO EACH OTHER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PROP OF THE BUCKER STRUCK THE PITT'S VERTICAL FIN & RUDDER, SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGING THE PITTS. HOWEVER, BOTH ACFT WERE LANDED SAFELY.

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT



Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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