NTSB Identification: CHI96LA008.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 15, 1995 in CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N834A
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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THE PILOT PERFORMED A SHORT FIELD TAKEOFF WITH FULL FLAPS AT 65 MPH. HE THEN RETRACTED FLAPS TO FULL UP POSITION. HE SAID THE AIRPLANE FELT AS IF IT WAS IN A DOWNDRAFT CONDITION WITH THE AIRSPEED NEVER GETTING OVER 65 MPH. THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED LEFT WING LOW IN A FIELD. THE PA-22 FLIGHT MANUAL DOES NOT ADDRESS FULL OR PARTIAL FLAP TAKEOFFS.

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

The pilot's premature raising of the flaps and the low airspeed.

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