NTSB Identification: FTW96LA187.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 28, 1996 in CARLSBAD, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-180, registration: N7256P
Injuries: 2 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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At the completion of a cross-country flight, while on a left downwind for landing on runway 03, the pilot encountered a wind shift and the aircraft started to descend. Despite the application of go-around procedures, the aircraft continued descending. The pilot executed a forced landing in a open area, but the aircraft was damaged. The wind was reported to be from 340 degrees at 8 knots, but the pilot said the wind was gusting from the north to 15 knots.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. Factors relating to the accident were: the sudden windshift and/or windshear.

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