NTSB Identification: ATL83FA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21111.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 04, 1983 in CALHOUN, GA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N111UD
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 PLT HAD FLOWN TO THE ARPT TO PERFORM AEROBATIC MANEUVERS AT A FLY-IN. HE HAD A LOW ALTITUDE WAIVER TO PERFORM DOWN TO 500 FT AGL. BEFORE THE FLIGHT, HE TOLD SEVERAL SPECTATORS HE WAS GOING TO DO A MANEUVER RIGHT AFTER TAKEOFF. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE ENG SOUNDED NORMAL DURING THE TAKEOFF. SHORTLY AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE PLT TURNED ON HIS AIRSHOW SMOKE. AT AN ESTIMATED ALTITUDE OF 200 TO 300 FT, HE EXECUTED A RAPID RIGHT ROLL THAT WITNESSES DESCRIBED AS A SNAP ROLL, REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT ROLLED APRX 90 DEG PAST 1 COMPLETE ROLL, THEN THE NOSE PITCHED & THE PLANE CRASHED IN A NEAR VERTICAL ATTITUDE. AN AIRLINE PLT (OWNER OF A BELLANCA DECATHALON) WAS ONE OF THE WITNESSES THAT DESCRIBED THE MANEUVER AS A SNAP ROLL. ACCORDING TO HIS DESCRIPTION, THE PLT USED INSUFFICIENT RUDDER TO STOP THE ROLL AFTER COMPLETING 1 TURN.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..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


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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