NTSB Identification: ATL83FKJ03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21265.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 13, 1983 in SOUTHSIDE, AL
Aircraft: EAA BIPLANE P-2, registration: N20KJ
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 PILOT WAS PERFORMING AEROBATICS OVER THE AIRPORT AT 400-500 FEET AGL. ON THE LAST PASS, HE HAD COMPLETED ONE ROLL AND WAS INVERTED IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE A SECOND ROLL WHEN THE AIRCRAFT DOVE AT THE GROUND IN A NEAR VERTICAL POSITION. THE AIRCRAFT ENGINE SOUNDED NORMAL AT ALL TIMES TO WITNESSES ON THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED AT A 45 DEGREE NOSE DOWN WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS AN AMATEUR-BUILT BIPLANE COMPLETED BY THE PILOT AND ISSUED A SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE IN 1976. THE OPERATING LIMITATIONS ISSUED FOR THE AIRCRAFT PROHIBITED ANY AEROBATIC MANEUVERS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
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