NTSB Identification: ATL01LA046.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 02, 2001 in SMITHFIELD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: JACQUES J. MISTROT Skybolt, registration: N58JM
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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This was the first flight of the experimental airplane. The takeoff roll and initial climb appeared normal. As the airplane continued the climb through 200 feet, it was observed entering a left turn until the airplane developed a nose low attitude. The airplane collided with trees on the right side of the runway. Examination of the aircraft revealed no mechanical malfunctions. The pilot had a prosthetic leg.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during climb out that resulted in the in-flight collision with the ground. A factor was the physical impairment.

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