NTSB Identification: FTW84FA218.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25184.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 02, 1984 in SAN ANTONIO, TX
Aircraft: de Havilland TIGER MOTH DH 82A, registration: N82DS
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 CRASHED IN AN OPEN PASTURE WITH TREES ON THE WESTERN PERIMETER. THE ACFT ATTITUDE AT IMPACT WAS NOSE DOWN AT A 30 TO 50 DEGREE ANGLE IN A RIGHT SPIRAL. THE MAIN FUEL TANK MOUNTED ON THE TOP WING OVER AND BEHIND THE ENGINE BROKE FROM ITS MOUNT ON IMPACT AND RUPTURED. A FIRE BROKE OUT AND CONSUMED THE ACFT. A 11 YR OLD BOY SAID HE SAW THE ACFT CLIMB OVER SOME TREES, MAKE A LEFT TURN AND THEN HE HEARD THE ENGINE QUIT RUNNING. THE ACFT NOSED OVER SHARPLY AND DESCENDED BELOW THE TREES. THE WITNESS THEN SAW THE FIRE BALL. PLTS WHO HAD FLOWN THE ACFT SAY IT STALLS WITHOUT WARNINGIF POWER IS RETARDED AND THE SPEED IS DISSIPATED AND THAT THE ACFT ALWAYS FELL OFF ON THE RIGHT WING DURING THE STALL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:STALL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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