NTSB Identification: MIA85FA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26633.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 18, 1984 in PEMBROKE PINES, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N2443G
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 PLT HAD RECENTLY BEEN CHECKED OUT ON BANNER TOWING OPERATIONS & WAS ON HIS 5TH BANNER TOWING FLT. AFTER TAKING OFF FROM RWY 9R, HE TURNED LEFT, CROSSED TO THE LEFT OF RWY 9L TO A LEFT DOWNWIND & INTENDED TO CONTINUE IN A LEFT PATTERN FOR A BANNER PICK-UP NEAR THE APCH END OF RWY 9L. AS HE WAS PROCEEDING WEST BOUND AT ABOUT 100 FT AGL & 50 MPH, THE ACFT REPORTEDLY BEGAN TO SETTLE. THE PLT STATED THAT THE ENG LOST POWER, BUT HE COULD NOT RECALL WHAT HAD HAPPENED AFTER THAT. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ACFT WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND WHEN IT ENTERED A SHALLOW LEFT BANK, THEN REVERSED TO A STEEP RIGHT BANK & CRASHED IN A STEEP DESCENT. ONE WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE ACFT WAS PROCEEDING IN AN UNUSUALLY NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE, THEN APPEARED TO STALL. DURING A TEARDOWN OF THE ENG, THE LEFT MAGNETO WAS NOTED TO INTERMITTENTLY CROSS FIRE, BUT NO OTHER PRE-ACCIDENT PROBLEMS WERE FOUND.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

AIRSPEED(VS)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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