NTSB Identification: NYC84FIG02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26297.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 19, 1984 in ELKTON, MD
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8323B
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 WAS FLOWN OVER THE FIELD AT LOW ALT IN AN ATTEMPT TO PICK UP AN AD BANNER. THE ACFT HAD DIVED IN A SHALLOW ANGLE FROM 300 FT TO PERFORM THE PICK-UP. THE BANNER WAS MISSED BY THE PLT WHO CLIMBED AWAY IN A STEEP ASCENT UNTIL HE ENTERED A HAMMERHEAD STALL TO THE LEFT. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ACFT THEN ENTERED A VERTICAL DESCENT INTO A CORN FIELD.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PULL-UP..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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