NTSB Identification: DFW06FA095.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 05, 2006 in Hollandale, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/27/2007
Aircraft: Piper/Stevens PA18A-150, registration: N3887P
Injuries: 2 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.
The 228-hours private pilot lost control of the tailwheel-equipped airplane while maneuvering at low altitude. The airplane impacted terrain on a heading of 045 degrees in a near vertical nose down attitude. There was no post-impact fire. There were no eye witnesses to the mishap. The airplane was found by a family member when the pilot was late returning from his personal flight. Examination of the airplane did not revealed any anomalies. Flight control continuity was established to all flight controls. No discrepancies were noted with the engine that could have prevented normal engine operation. Toxicological tests were completed for carbon monoxide, cyanide, volatiles, and tested drugs. Test results were negative for carbon monoxide, cyanide, and volatiles but revealed significant amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (marihuana) and Tetrahydrocannabinol Carboxlic Acid (marihuana) detected in the blood and lungs. Also noted was a presence in the blood and liver of Benzoylecgonine, Ecgonine Methylester, and Anhydroecgonine Methylester which are chemicals found in the body and normally associated with use of cocaine.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilots failure to maintain control of the airplane. A contributing factor was the pilots impairment. Full narrative available
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