NTSB Identification: CHI94LA139.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 20, 1994 in HOWES, SD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/12/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N46474
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO DROP A PACKAGE TO TWO PERSONS WHO WERE CANOEING ON A RIVER. AFTER THE PACKAGE WAS DROPPED, THE PILOT STATED HE WAS DISTRACTED FOR 4-6 SECONDS, AND NEGLECTED TO PULL UP. THE AIRPLANE INADVERTENTLY STRUCK A SOFT RIVER BANK. THE LANDING GEAR SANK IN THE SOFT GROUND, AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE DIVERTED ATTENTION OF THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND AND HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER ALTITUDE.

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