NTSB Identification: CEN12FA158
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Osborn, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/24/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N4824L
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 airplane was observed making two low-level (just above tree level) passes in front of a witness’s house. The witness made a video recording of the first pass. She reported seeing and hearing the airplane strike trees on the second pass before impacting the ground. An on-scene examination revealed airplane and tree damage consistent with the witness’s description of events. Examination of the airplane’s wreckage revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s decision to conduct low-level passes above a residence and his failure to maintain sufficient altitude.

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