NTSB Identification: MIA85FA009.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26284.
Accident occurred Monday, October 15, 1984 in PUNTA GORDA, FL
Aircraft: PITTS SPECIAL S-1C, registration: N54JB
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 BEING TESTED FOR HI-SPEED TAXI STABILITY. DURING THE 3RD TAXI RUN THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE AND A DECISION TO CONTINUE FLT AROUND THE TRAFFIC PATTERN WAS MADE. THE PLT NOTICED THE OIL TEMP AT 220 DEGREES & INCREASING. THE DECISION TO LAND ON RWY 21 WAS ABANDONED IN FAVOR OF 15 TO SHORTEN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN. THE PLT ADVANCED THE THROTTLE ONTHE IDLING ENG BUT THERE WAS NO RESPONSE. THE ACFT DESCENDED AND COLLIDED WITH A 25 FT TREE. THE ACFT CRASHED TO THE GROUND 1000 FT FROM THE APCH END OF RWY 15. THE INJURED PLT AND HIS WRECKED ACFT WERE SEARCHED FOR WHEN HE DID NOT RETURN. THE SEARCH PARTY LOCATED THE ACFT & PLT AT APRX 1515 EDT, ABOUT 3 HRS AFTER INITIAL TAKEOFF. NO EVIDENCE OF ANY FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT ENG OR CONTROLS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
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