Aircraft: North American T-6. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Perry, Mich. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that after takeoff, he was planning to overfly the runway for a “photo pass.”
He reported the wind was from the southwest, gusting to 20 knots with light turbulence, at the time of the accident. He made a slight right turn, followed by a left turn, but could not recall the details of the accident.
According to a witness on the ground, when the airplane turned left the bank angle steepened and the descent rate increased. The engine sounded normal until the T-6 crashed into a barn.
The post-accident examination did not reveal any anomalies consistent with a preimpact malfunction or failure.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain control while maneuvering at low altitude after takeoff, resulting in a collision with a barn.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA324
This May 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.