NTSB Identification: ATL82FLG13
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 19, 1982 in SWANSEA, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/19/1983
Aircraft: SMITH MINIPLANE, registration: N1CJ
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 PILOT WAS ON A PLEASURE FLIGHT TO PRACTICE AEROBATIC MANEUVERS. HE HELD A CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF WAIVER WHICH AUTHORIZED HIM TO PRACTICE LOW LEVEL AEROBATICS BELOW 1500 FT ABOVE THE SURFACE. FOUR KNOWN WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT PULL UP FROM A LOW ALTITUDE, THEN FALL AND SPIN TO THE GROUND. ONE WITNESS, A PRIVATE PILOT, ROPORTED THAT THE PILOT PULLED THE PLANE UP, AS IF HE WAS PERFORMING A LOOP. AT THE TOP OF THE CLIMB, THE NOSE CAME DOWN, AND REPORTEDLY, THE PLANE BEGAN TO SPIN INVERTED. DURING AN INVESTIGATION, NO EVIDENCE OF A MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE ENGINE OR AIRFRAME WAS FOUND EXCEPT FOR IMPACT DAMAGE.

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:

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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