NTSB Identification: LAX83FUJ01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 18, 1982 in NEW RIVER, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/18/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-1B, registration: N9897L
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.

AFTER ENTERING THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED IN A STEEP DESCENDING TURN FROM DOWNWIND TO FINAL APPROACH. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE PILOT KEPT INCREASING THE BANK, WHILE TURNING TO FINAL, AS IF TO KEEP FROM OVERSHOOTING THE FINAL APPROACH COURSE. THE WITNESS DID NOT SEE THE PLANE CRASH, BUT STATED THAT THE NOSE CAME UP, JUST BEFORE HE LOST SIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT. HE REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE SOUNDED NORMAL PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. TRANSVERSE SCRAPE MARKS WERE FOUND ON THE PROPELLER AND ONE BLADE WAS BENT FORWARD. A TEARDOWN OF THE ENGINE WAS MADE, BUT NO PREIMPACT FAILURES WERE EVIDENT.

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

PLANNED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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