NTSB Identification: FTW83LA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21811.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 01, 1983 in MUSKOGEE, OK
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N6386N
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PASSENGER WAS IN THE BACK SEAT WITH A 35 MM CAMERA, A POCKET CAMERA, A PAIR OF BINOCULARS IN A CASE AND A WINDBREAKER. WHILE FLYING AT DUSK, THEY FLEW BY A HERD OF DEER, BUT THE PASSENGER DID NOT GET A PHOTOGRAPH. REPORTEDLY, THE PLT MADE A 180 DEG TURN & MADE A 2ND PASS TOWARD RISING TERRAIN. THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW A CREST WHEN HE APPLIED BACK PRESSURE ON THE CONTROL STICK BUT THE STICK WOULD NOT MOVE AFT. HE BELIEVED THAT ONE OF THE PASSENGER'S CAMERAS BECAME WEDGED BETWEEN THE REAR SEAT & THE REAR CONTROL STICK. HE FURTHER STATED THAT THE TOP OF ONE OF THE CAMERAS WAS DAMAGED. THE PASSENGER STATED THAT THE POCKET CAMERA 'MUST HAVE FALLEN OUT OF MY POCKET IN THE CRASH.' ACCORDING TO HIM, HE HEARD SCRAPING NOISES, WHICH HE BELIEVED WERE TREES HITTING THE ACFT; THEN SAW THE STICK COME BACK BEFORE THE NOISES BECAME LOUDER & HARDER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED BEYOND THE CREST. REPORTEDLY, THE PLT WAS UNCONSCIOUS & BLOCKED THE DOOR FOR A SHORT TIME AFTER THE ACFT CAME TO REST.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,ELEVATOR CONTROL..MOVEMENT RESTRICTED

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

CONTROL INTERFERENCE..INADVERTENT..PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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