NTSB Identification: LAX82FVG33
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 10, 1982 in CALISTOGA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/1983
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER 232, registration: N2450W
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 ACFT CRASHED APPROXIMATELY 3 MI SW OF THE CALISTOGA ARPT WHILE RETURNING FROM A LOCAL FLT. THE PLT STATED TO A CALIF HWY PATROL OFFICER AT THE SCENE THAT HE LOST RUDDER CONTROL & HAD GONE INTO A SPIN AS A RESULT IN AIR CHANGE. THE RUDDER CABLES WERE FOUND INTACT & MOVED THE RUDDER TO THE BREAK POINT OF THE FUSELAGE.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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