NTSB Identification: LAX84FA125.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22965.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 31, 1983 in LANCASTER, CA
Aircraft: STRIPLIN SKY RANGER, registration: N44223
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 WAS PARTICIPATING IN CERTIFICATION TESTS OF THE ACFT. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE PLT HAD MADE A PASS DOWN THE RWY & WAS ON THE DOWNWIND LEG OF THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, AT ABUOT 100 FT AGL, WHEN THE ACFT SUDDENLY PITCHED DOWN & CRASHED. AN EXAM OF THE ELEVATOR CONTROL CABLES REVEALED THAT THE TURNBUCKLE ASSEMBLY TO THE ELEVATOR WAS NOT CONNECTED. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY SAFETY DEVICE HAD BEEN INSTALLED ON THE TURNBUCKLE.

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,ELEVATOR CONTROL..DISCONNECTED

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER

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

INADEQUATE QUALITY CONTROL..MANUFACTURER

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