NTSB Identification: SEA05LA128.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2005 in Madras, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/28/2006
Aircraft: Ellsberg One Design, registration: N555TE
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The pilot was practicing aerobatic maneuvers in the single-seat experimental airplane when the accident occurred. Witnesses observed the pilot make a low pass down the runway and then enter a vertical ascent. The airplane climbed to about 1,500 feet agl, at which point the pilot placed the airplane in a flat spin. After completing 4 to 5 rotations, the pilot recovered from the spin. The witnesses estimated that after the spin recovery, the airplane was at an altitude between 70 and 200 feet agl. The airplane continued to descend, impacted the ground, exploded and was consumed by fire. An on scene examination of the wreckage by an FAA inspector found no evidence of any pre-impact mechanical discrepancies.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain altitude/clearance from terrain while performing aerobatics which resulted in a collision with the ground.

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