Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Osborn, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The airplane made a low pass in front of a witness’s house.
The witness made a video recording of the first pass, which showed the airplane at tree-top level. The airplane came around for a second pass and hit the trees.
Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s decision to conduct low-level passes above a residence and his failure to maintain sufficient altitude.
NTSB Identification: CEN12FA158
This February 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.