NTSB Identification: CHI82FA357
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 18, 1982 in FOOTVILLE, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/18/1983
Aircraft: FLITECRAFT SENIOR AERO, registration: N119P
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.

THE HOME BUILT AIRCRAFT WAS ON A FAMILIARIZATION FLIGHT FOR THE PILOT IN THE RIGHT SEAT. ONE WITNESS STATED HE SAW THE AIRCRAFT (AT ABOUT 2000 FT AGL) ENTER A NOSE HIGH (STRAIGHT UP) ATTITUDE FOLLOWED BY A NOSE LOW (STRAIGHT DOWN) ATTITUDE. A SPIN THEN DEVELOPED. TWO OTHER WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT RECOVER FROM THE SPIN. THE LEFT WING SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT DURING RECOVERY AND THE PLANE CRASHED. EVIDENCE OF DRY ROT WAS FOUND IN THE LEFT WING SPARS. A CO-OWNER REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN REBUILT IN 1976, BUT THE SPARS WERE NOT REBUILT. AN ANNUAL INSPECTION HAD BEEN COMPLETED ON 7/20/82. THE WING SPARS WERE EXAMINED AND JUDGED TO BE IN AIRWORTHY CONDITION. REPORTEDLY, ALL OF THE SPAR AREA WAS NOT EXAMINED DUE TO ACCESSABILITY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT CERTIFIED FOR AEROBATICS.

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

WING..DETERIORATED

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

WING,SPAR..OVERLOAD

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

WING..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..INACCURATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

AEROBATICS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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