NTSB Identification: ERA12FA256
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 26, 2012 in Waxhaw, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/2013
Aircraft: ANDERSON JOHN H AVID FLYER MK 4, registration: N61410
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.
According to several pilot-rated eyewitnesses, the airplane was about 30 feet above ground level in about a 30-degree nose-up attitude, while performing a go-around. The pitch attitude of the airplane decreased about treetop level, and one eyewitness stated that the airplane was in a near-vertical nose-down attitude just before entering a spin, followed by the sound of the impact. Another witness indicated that the engine maintained power throughout the accident sequence. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunction or failures that would have precluded normal operation. While the airplane was equipped with a parachute system that was not armed by the pilot before flight, the low altitude at which the pilot lost control of the airplane would have made a successful deployment doubtful even with the system armed. A review of the pilot's medical history did not suggest impairment or incapacitation. It is likely that, considering the close proximity of the recorded groundspeed data to the published stall speed, that the airplane speed during the go-around decreased below the stall speed, which resulted in a low-altitude aerodynamic stall.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed during an attempted go-around, which resulted in a low-altitude aerodynamic stall. Full narrative available
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