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NTSB Identification: NYC00LA213
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 29, 2000 in WOOSTER, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: Schwarz ZODIAC CH 601, registration: N601GS
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane was in a left traffic pattern for landing. During the turn from base leg to final, it stalled, and began a spin to the left. Prior to ground impact, the airplane's rotation was stopped; however, the nose came up, and the airplane remained stalled as it hit the ground. There was no evidence of a preexisting mechanical malfunction. The pilot had about 2,030 hours of total flight time, and 111 hours in the accident airplane. At the time of the accident, the airplane's center of gravity was aft of the rearward limit by 3.13 inches, and it's weight was 21.5 pounds over maximum gross weight.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's loss of control of the airplane while turning from base onto final, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin. A factor was the pilot's improper loading of the airplane, outside the weight and balance limitations.