NTSB Identification: SEA84FA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24556.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 18, 1984 in MINDEN, NV
Aircraft: BOWEN-POWELL BP-1, registration: N123BP
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.

WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT ENTER A RIGHT TURN AT ABOUT 1000 TO 1500 FT AGL. THE TURN STEEPENED INTO A TIGHT SPIRAL, & SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE PLT WAS WEARING A PARACHUTE & BAILED OUT; HOWEVER, THE PARACHUTE BECAME ENTANGLED IN THE ACFT & PULLED THE PLT TO THE GROUND. THE RIGHT AILERON WAS FOUND ABOUT 1000 FT NE OF THE MAIN WRECKAGE. THE WINGS WERE COMPLETELY SHATTERED DURING THE ACCIDENT. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE WINGS & AILERONS HAD BEEN REBUILT ON 5/30/82 AFTER THE ACFT HAD SUSTAINED DAMAGE. A SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE HAD BEEN ISSUED ON 10/3/83 FOR 25 HRS OF FLT TIME OR 1 YEAR. THE ACFT HAD A TOTAL FLT TIME OF 15 HRS.

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

FLIGHT CONTROL,AILERON ATTACHMENT..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

MAINTENANCE,REPLACEMENT..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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