NTSB Identification: MKC82FA069
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 02, 1982 in ADEL, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/02/1983
Aircraft: STARFIRE JRF, registration: N560A
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 OWNER/PILOT OF THE HOME BUILT AIRCRAFT WAS PRACTICING TOUCH-AND-GO LANDINGS. WHILE CLIMBING AFTER THE SECOND TOUCH-AND-GO, THE LEFT WING SEPARATED AND THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT 3/4 MILE SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT ON ONE OF THE LANDINGS, THE PLANE HIT RATHER HARD; REPORTEDLY, HE COULD TELL THAT IT HIT HARD BY THE NOISE IT MADE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE LEFT WING REVEALED THAT THE WOODEN MAIN SPAR HAD BROKEN NEAR THE END OF THE FUSELAGE CARRY THROUGH. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF DETERIORATION OF THE WOOD IN THE VICINITY OF THE BREAK. THE MAIN GEAR ON THIS AIRCRAFT DID NOT INCORPORATE A SHOCK STRUT. THE MAIN LANDING GEAR WAS ATTACHED TO THE WING SPAR AND THE TIRES ABSORBED SHOCK DURING LANDINGS AND GROUND OPERATIONS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:LEVEL OFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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