NTSB Identification: FTW02FA155.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 20, 2002 in Stephenville, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2004
Aircraft: Beech BE-35, registration: N3157V
Injuries: 2 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.

Witnesses reported that they heard the pilot over the UNICOM report base and observed the landing gear and flaps in the down position. The witnesses observed the left wing "drop" and the aircraft nose over to what appeared to be a 90-degree angle. According to one of the witnesses, the airplane was approximately 400-500 feet AGL when the "aircraft went vertical." Another witness observed the aircraft at a low altitude and reported that the speed "appeared to be slow" until just as the aircraft went over "front" first, dipping towards the right wing and then nosed down. A review of the maintenance records indicated no evidence of any uncorrected maintenance discrepancies.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain control and adequate airspeed, resulting in the inadvertent stall/spin. A contributing factor was the low altitude.

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