NTSB Identification: LAX94LA242.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 1994 in BLYTHE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: HAYES/PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER, registration: N76TC
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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The pilot was assisting in a search for a missing person while flying in mountainous terrain. He was flying at a low altitude when he encountered a downdraft and collided with the terrain. He reported no mechanical problems with the aircraft.

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

The pilot's unexpected encounter with a downdraft while flying at an improper altitude in mountainous terrain.

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