NTSB Identification: CHI96LA242.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 15, 1996 in BELLE PLAINE, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1997
Aircraft: Bellanca 7ECA, registration: N5026K
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 pilot reported that he was on downwind for landing on runway 35, when he noticed a two to three story house 'just off the end of the runway.' He shortened his downwind leg which 'caused a fairly high initial final approach.... This required a slip to the runway. Since excessive airspeed was built up, the aircraft continued to float.' He decided to go-around and applied full power; however, the landing gear impacted tall grass at the departure end of the runway, then a ravine.

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

the pilot's misjudgment of the distance and speed during the landing, and his delay in initiating a go-around. Factors relating to the accident were: the tall grass and ravine at the end of the runway.

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