NTSB Identification: CHI98LA253.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 14, 1998 in HOWELL, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/19/1999
Aircraft: Cameron A105, registration: N1601A
Injuries: 1 Serious,4 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that he had obtained two weather briefings from the Lansing Flight Service Station, one at 1430 and the second at 1745. The forecast indicated the winds to be 240 degrees at 10 knots until 2000 and then 220 degrees at 5 knots until 2200 with no convective activity for his flight area. The flight departed from Howell at 1930 with winds from the west at 8 knots. As the flight progressed, the pilot noticed dark clouds moving south towards his position. Approximately 15 minutes into the flight, he decided to find a place to land. At 300' agl, the wind changed to 180 degrees at 20 knots. The pilot said that he then noticed power lines in his new flight direction and elected to land in a soybean field rather than attempt to fly over them. He reported that he landed hard and was dragged approximately 100' at 15-20 knots.

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

The pilot's failure to visually recognize hazards associated with meteorological phenomenon. A contributing factor was the weather condtion.

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