NTSB Identification: MIA96LA101.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 17, 1996 in HAMPTON, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1996
Aircraft: SUMMERFELDT THORP T-18, registration: CFPVE
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot obtained weather information from a television weather report before departure. While en route, he encountered heavy rain, hail, and high winds. He executed a precautionary landing in a field. During the landing roll, the airplane encountered soft terrain and nosed over.

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

The pilot's improper planning/decision and selection of unsuitable terrain for a precautionary landing. Factors relating to the accident were: the pilot's failure to use a preflight briefing service, the adverse weather conditions, and soft terrain in the precautionary landing area.

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