NTSB Identification: CHI95LA083.
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Accident occurred Sunday, February 05, 1995 in LAFAYETTE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/19/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N38394
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT STATED HE PLANNED TO USE 20 DEGREES OF FLAPS AND A HIGHER THAN NORMAL APPROACH SPEED DUE TO A GUSTY CROSSWIND. HE REPORTED THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 100 FEET FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE RAN OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A TREE. THE PILOT REPORTED 104 HOURS TOTAL FLIGHT TIME, INCLUDING 6 HOURS IN THE ACCIDENT MAKE AND MODEL AIRPLANE.

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

the pilot's failure to perform a go-around. The gusty crosswind was a factor in the accident.

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