NTSB Identification: LAX05CA200.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 2005 in Fillmore, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Aviat Pitts S-1T, registration: N647J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The aerobatic experimental airplane impacted terrain when the pilot was unable to recover from an intentional inverted flat spin. According to the pilot's written statement, he intentionally entered the airplane into a left turning inverted flat spin after practicing other aerobatic maneuvers. The pilot tried several recommended recovery methods; however, the airplane did not exit from the spin. The pilot elected to bailout of the airplane. The pilot's parachute opened successfully and he landed approximately 50 feet from where the airplane impacted the ground. The pilot reported experiencing no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane during the accident flight.

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

the pilot's failure to affect timely recovery from an intentional inverted flat spin.

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