NTSB Identification: FTW83LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 24, 1982 in SWEETWATER, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/1983
Aircraft: PIPER J-3, registration: N38449
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHEN THE CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR AN AIRSHOW THE PILOT WAS ASKED TO MAKE SOME LOW PASSES OVER THE AIRPORT AND EXPLOSIVE CHARGES WERE TO BE SET OFF TO SIMULATE BOMB BURSTS. DURING ONE LOW PASS THE CHARGES WERE EXPLODED TOO SOON. THE CONCUSSION BUCKLED THE RIBS IN THE LEFT WING,BLEW OUT THE WINDSHIELD AND BLEW ALL THE INSPECTION PANELS OFF THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON THE AIRPORT WITH NO FURTHER DAMAGE.

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CONDITION(S)/STEP(S) INSUFFICIENTLY DEFINED..GROUND PERSONNEL

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

CONDITION(S)/STEP(S) IN IMPROPER SEQUENCE..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

WING,WING RIB..BUCKLED


Contributing Factors

DOOR,INSPECTION..EXPLODED


Contributing Factors

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..BURST


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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