NTSB Identification: CHI97LA138.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 20, 1997 in FLUSHING, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/07/1998
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8811Z
Injuries: 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.

Witnesses observed the airplane flying on an easterly heading when it began a turn to the north. As the airplane was turning, it lost altitude and collided with trees, small vegetation, and the ground. The pilot told the State Police he did not think that his altitude was low enough to strike the trees. The on-scene investigation revealed no mechanical anomalies with the airplane or engine that would prevent flight. The pilot did not respond to calls or requests for submission of an accident report from the IIC.

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

was the pilot not maintaining sufficient altitude to clear obstructions. A factor associated with the accident was the pilot was inattentive to the airplane's altitude.

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