NTSB Identification: BFO85FA006.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27742.
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 06, 1984 in WATERFORD, VA
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N70645
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 AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AROUND THE AIRSTRIP AT DUSK. AS IT PASSED OVER THE APRX CENTER OF THE FIELD IT WAS SEEN TO NOSE OVER INTO A STEEP ANGLE CONTINUING UNTIL IMPACT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY MAL FUNTION OF THE AIRCRAFT OR THE ENGINE. FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO THE PILOTS BACKGROUND UNCOVERED THAT HE WAS GOING THROUGH DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS TO INCLUDE A CUSTODY PROBLEM WITH TWO CHILDREN. IN ADDITION A NOTE WAS FOUND IN THE POCKET OF THE PILOT INDICATING THE TERMINATION OF A RELATIONSHIP IMMEDIATELY PROCEEDING THE FATAL FLIGHT. THE PILOT HAD OBTAINED PRIOR PERMISSION TO FLY 1 OF THE 2 J3 CUBS BASED AT THE FIELD, HOWEVER, THE AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT WAS NOT THE ONE. N70645 WAS OWNED BY A PILOT WHO ADMITTED TO BEING 'REAL GOOD FRIENDS' WITH THE VICTIMS WIFE.

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

SUICIDE..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMOTIONAL REACTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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