NTSB Identification: LAX85FA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27426.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 16, 1984 in PETALUMA, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N95337
Injuries: 2 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 ACFT DEPARTED ON A LOCAL PRIMARY DUAL INSTRUCTIONAL FLT AT ABOUT 1030 HRS. THE STUDENT WAS IN A PRE-SOLO PHASE & THE LESSON WAS TO CONSIST OF A REVIEW OF HIGH AIRWORK. THE INSTRUCTOR (CFI) HAD RECENTLY BECOME INTERESTED IN & WAS WORKING ON AEROBATICS. AT ABOUT 1115 HRS, WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT PERFORM A 'TIGHT 3 TURN RIGHT HAND SPIN' WITH A RECOVERY AT ABOUT 500 FT AGL, THEN DIRECTLY ENTER AN 'AIRSHOW PERFECT LOOP.' NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTIONS OF THE ACFT SYSTEMS WERE FOUND. THE CFI'S BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS CONFIRMED AT 0.21%.

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:

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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