NTSB Identification: CEN11FA480
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Boyne City, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/23/2014
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT DCO-65, registration: N50408
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.

Witnesses saw the airplane flying southbound between their location and the airport’s runway. The engine sounded normal and was “not running rough,” and the airplane’s altitude was between 50 and 75 feet above ground level. One witness stated that the airplane started a left turn and then abruptly pulled up, possibly reacting to a set of nearby power lines. The airplane entered a spin and impacted the road in a nearly vertical, nose-down attitude. The postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no preexisting anomalies that could be associated with a preimpact condition. The propeller exhibited characteristics indicative of engine power at impact. The pilot had medical conditions that included atrial fibrillation, some degree of bradycardia, depression, and the use of multiple potentially sedating medications. While the pilot was likely medically impaired to some extent, the investigation was unable to determine if that impairment played a role to the accident.

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

The pilot failed to maintain airplane control while maneuvering at low altitude, which resulted in a stall/spin and impact with the terrain.

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