NTSB Identification: CHI96LA224.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 1996 in WINDFALL, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-36-375, registration: N2459X
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.

The airplane was en route to disperse chemicals on a farm field, when it was observed to pitch up, turn left and impact the terrain. The airplane impacted the terrain about 100 yards short of where a 50 foot transmission line crossed its path. The pilot did not have aeronautical charts with him and was using plat maps to locate the farm.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, while maneuvering to avoid an obstruction (transmission line), which resulted in a stall and collision with the terrain. His lack of familiarity with the geographic area was a related factor.

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