The airplane that took the life of pilot Jack B. Poage in September was not at fault, says a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Poage died Sept. 23 while performing a stunt in his Pitts S-2B at the Upper Chesapeake Airshow and Seafood Festival at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Baltimore County.
The accident was witnessed by thousands of spectators.
"Examination of the aircraft revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunction," said the report by Dennis L. Jones, NTSB investigator.
"Review of the video recording of the accident indicates the aircraft was in a descent and the pilot was doing spins, having completed the fourth spin, when the aircraft struck the ground," the report said.