NTSB Identification: CHI84FA255.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24651.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 23, 1984 in COLUMBUS, OH
Aircraft: ROBERT B. BOSTON GLASAIR RG, registration: N5177Y
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.
THE PLT WAS ON THE 2ND LEG OF A FLT TO FERRY THE HOME-BUILT ACFT TO THE LANCASTER ARPT FOR FURTHER TESTING. AFTER TAKEOFF, HE REQUESTED CLEARANCE TO STAY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW MINUTES. ATC ASKED HIM IF HE HAD A PROBLEM & THE PLT RESPONDED 'NO, I JUST WANT TO CHECK SOMETHING OUT.' A FEW MINUTES LATER, HE STATED 'I'M IN TROUBLE.' THE ACFT WAS SEEN & HEARD IN A DESCENDING LEFT TURN AT AN ESTIMATED SPEED OF OVER 100 MPH WITH THE ENG RUNNING AT A HIGH RPM & WITH THE LANDING GEAR RETRACTED. WHILE IN A DESCENDING LEFT TURN, THE ACFT STRUCK A TREE TOP. IT THEN HIT A UTILITY POLE, IMPACTED THE GROUND, BURST INTO FLAMES & WAS DEMOLISHED BY FIRE. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
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