NTSB Identification: NYC82FHM06
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 25, 1982 in LAGRANGE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1983
Aircraft: SPEZIO SPORT DAL-1, registration: N1796
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 OWNER/PILOT OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH AN AMPUTATION ABOVE HIS LEFT WRIST. HIS CLASS III MEDICAL CERTIFICATE STATED THAT HE MUST WEAR AN ARTIFICAL LIMB WHILE FLYING. THE PILOT HAD BEEN ASKED TO PHOTOGRAPH A BUILDING IN AN INDUSTRIAL PARK. AFTER HE TOOK OFF WITH HIS 9 YR OLD SON, THE PLANE WAS OBSERVED CIRCLING THE INDUSTRIAL PARK AT LOW ALTITUDE AND LOW AIRSPEED. ONE WITNESS ESTIMATED THE ALTITUDE WAS 200 TO 300 FT AGL. REPORTEDLY ON ITS LAST PASS, THE PLANE'S LEFT WING DROPPED, THE WING CONTINUED TO FALL, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLANE ROLLED AND CRASHED. AFTER HITTING THE GROUND, IT TRAVELED 58 FT AND HIT A BULDING. FILM FROM THE PILOT'S CAMERA WAS RECOVERED AND DEVELOPED. PICTURES OF THE BUILDINGS VERIFIED THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHS HAD BEEN TAKEN AT A LOW ALTITUDE.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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