NTSB Identification: LAX82FVG20
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 18, 1982 in CHICAGO PARK, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/1983
Aircraft: SMITH MINIPLANE DSA-1, registration: N103L
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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED WHILE THE PILOT WAS PERFORMING AEROBATIC MANEUVERS AT LOW ALTITUDE. THE IMPACT OCCURRED JUST BELOW THE TOP OF A RIDGE AT THE EDGE OF A VALLEY AS THE PILOT WAS COMPLETING A LOOP. HE WAS PERFORMING THE LOOP PERPENDICULAR TO THE RIDGE, AND ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE LOOP, THE PLANE DESCENDED OUT OVER THE VALLEY. NO PRECRASH MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE AIRCRAFT OR ENGINE WAS EVIDENT.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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