NTSB Identification: CHI84FA290.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25849.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 12, 1984 in COLUMBUS, IN
Aircraft: JERRY D. FISH DRIFTER, registration: N5150J
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.

DURING FLT, THE PLT WAS PERFORMING AEROBATICS & DID A SERIES OF LOOPS. WHILE MANEUVERING, THE LEFT WING FOLDED UPWARD & THE ACFT, AN EXPERIMENTAL ULTRALIGHT, ENTERED A DESCENT & CRASHED. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE LEFT WING HAD FOLDED OVER THE ENG. EVIDENCE WAS FOUND THAT A WING BRACING CABLE HAD FAILED FROM OVERLOAD & THAT CABLES HAD BECOME WRAPPED IN THE PROP. NO PRE-ACCIDENT PART FAILURE WAS FOUND. AN FAA TOXICOLOGICAL TEST OF THE PLT'S BLOOD SHOWED AN ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.145%.

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:

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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