NTSB Identification: CHI97LA280.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 1997 in MONONA, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-28, registration: N6566W
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The pilot said that he was conducting a low level flight to inspect his crops. He said that when he attempted to gain altitude, the airplane encountered a downdraft, and he was unable to arrest the descent before impact with the terrain.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's improper in-flight planning/decision, and subsequently, his not being able to attain remedial action to avoid impact with the terrain. A related factor was the downdraft. Full narrative available
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