NTSB Identification: ERA14CA239
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Summerville, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2014
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC 65, registration: N29611
Injuries: 1 Serious,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.

During a local flight to take pictures of the passenger's house, while making a pass by the house the airplane entered a left turn. The passenger stated that he heard the pilot say "oh no," moments later the airplane impacted the tops of the trees. A witness on the ground stated she heard the airplane fly over and went outside to see it. At that time she heard the top of the trees "pop" and saw the aircraft hit the ground. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. A subsequent examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any evidence of any preimpact failure of malfunction of the airplane, flight control system, or engine. Review of photographic evidence also revealed both wings evenly bent aft indicating the aircraft struck the trees in a level attitude in forward flight.

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

The pilot's selection of an inadequate altitude during low level maneuvering, which resulted in an in-flight collision with trees.

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