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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA087
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in North Hampton, NH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2017
Aircraft: JACK FEHLING CELEBRITY, registration: N28JF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

The pilot reported that, during the approach to land, the biplane was low and to the right of the runway centerline. He further reported that to recover from the low altitude he added power, but the biplane struck a tree, which impaired its controllability. Subsequently, the biplane glided into small tree(s) and brush and came to rest nose down.
The biplane sustained substantial damage to all four wings and struts.
The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s unstabilized approach, which resulted in the biplane being low and striking trees.