Several witnesses reported seeing the Stolp Starduster SA-300 spiral to the ground near Newton, N.C.
A review of a video recorded by another witness revealed that, during the flight, the airplane entered a left spin and completed about seven revolutions before descending behind a treeline and hitting a wheat field, killing the pilot.A flight instructor reported that the pilot had been attempting to teach himself aerobatics in his experimental, amateur-built airplane before the accident and that he had provided the pilot one aerobatic lesson in the airplane.
The flight instructor noted that the pilot’s knowledge and skill level with spin entry and recovery were inadequate.
The pilot subsequently contacted the flight instructor on two more occasions and requested more training. The flight instructor agreed to do the training as long as it was performed in his airplane, however, the pilot would not agree to use the instructor’s airplane and did not receive further aerobatic training.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to recover from an intentional spin. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s lack of adequate spin entry and recovery training.
NTSB Identification: ERA14FA256
This May 2014 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.