Accident Piper J-2 Cub N17261,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40384
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Date:Friday 12 January 1996
Time:17:45 LT
Type:Piper J-2 Cub
Owner/operator:Palmer J. Swanson
Registration: N17261
MSN: 927
Year of manufacture:1936
Total airframe hrs:1623 hours
Engine model:Continental A-40-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lancaster, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:(NONE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was performing touch-and-go landings at a private dirt airstrip. A pilot witness observed the airplane turning from crosswind to downwind at what appeared to be a slow airspeed at an estimated altitude of 250 feet agl. The witness said the airplane appeared to stall, roll off on the left wing, and pitch down into the ground. Ground impact signatures indicated that the airplane rotated about 180 degrees after stalling. The weather was VFR with calm winds. No preimpact discrepancies were found during an examination of the aircraft and engine.

Probable Cause: failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, while maneuvering from crosswind to downwind after takeoff, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin and collision with terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX96FA095
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Apr-2024 08:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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