NTSB Identification: CHI96LA220.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, June 25, 1996 in FRYBURG, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Grumman AA5B, registration: N6249L
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Witnesses reported low fog in the vicinity of the accident site. One witness reported that he observed the accident airplane circling over Medora, North Dakota about 1000 mdt. Another witness, who was two miles west of the accident site, reported that she observed the airplane flying westbound 'low enough to see into the cockpit.' The accident site was located on the upward slope of a 60-degree incline. Examination of the wreckage revealed the throttle was in the full forward position and the yolk was trapped in the full aft position. No evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction was found.

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

the pilot's VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions. Factors were the fog, low ceiling, and rising terrain.

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