NTSB Identification: CHI01LA273.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 10, 2001 in Hazelton, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2002
Aircraft: Grumman G-164B, registration: N48624
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and fire when it impacted terrain after a loss of control following a low level maneuver. Witnesses reported the airplane flew over runway 35 (2,500 feet by 125 feet, turf) and then pulled into a steep vertical climb. The airplane then nosed over and impacted the terrain in a steep nose down attitude. One witness reported, "The pilot of the aircraft approached the runway from the South going North. I thought he was going to land but flew by appearing to be at full power [. As] he neared the north end of the runway he pulled up sharply to avoid power line on north end of runway. He started his turn to the left [-] I'm estimating 150 to 200 feet. The plain [plane] seem to stall + fell almost straight down. Instant explosion on impact." The inspection of the airplane revealed no pre-existing anomalies to the airframe or engine.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's ostentatious display when he performed a low level manuever and stalled the airplane. Full narrative available
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