One year after aerobat Ian Groom lost his life in an aerial
display at the Fort Lauderdale Air & Sea Show, the NTSB
Thursday ruled pilot error was the probable cause of the
From the NTSB finding of probable cause:
According to the show announcer, the
pilot approached the show box and climbed to perform his first
maneuver. The pilot performed the corkscrew maneuver that contained
56 consecutive snap rolls. After completing the snap rolls the
pilot was excited at how many he had preformed. He then climbed to
an approximate altitude of 5000 feet and informed the announcer
that he was going to conduct a flat spin maneuver.
According to the announcer the number rotations the pilot
conducted seemed to exceed the normal amount the pilot had
conducted in the pass. The spin maneuver continued until the
airplane collided with the water. The airplane came to rest
approximately 20 feet below the water surface and 1700 feet off the
shoreline of Fort Lauderdale. No mechanical or flight control
anomalies were reported by the pilot prior to the accident. The
announcer has been announcing for the pilot for 3 years.
The pilot's failure to recover from an intentional spin during
an attempted aerobatic maneuver.