MIA94LA062
MIA94LA062

On January 29, 1994, about 1402 eastern standard time, a Bellanca 7GCBC, N57436, registered to David M. Upson, leased to Air Repair, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 banner tow flight, crashed in the vicinity of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The airplane was destroyed. The commercial pilot sustained a serious injury. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport about 2 minutes before the accident.

Witnesses stated they observed the airplane attempt a banner pickup. The airplane flew through the pickup poles too low, the pickup hook missed the banner pickup bridle, and the bridle wrapped around the tailwheel. The airplane pitched up about 40 degrees, a power application was heard just before the airplane stalled, rolled left, and collided with the terrain.

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