NTSB Identification: BFO93LA036.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48205.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 28, 1993 in BOONVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-135, registration: N1554P
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING INITIAL CLIMB OUT FROM A PRIVATE POND, THE AIRPLANE ENCOUNTERED WINDS ABOUT TREE TOP LEVEL. THE PILOT STATED THAT LIFT DIMINISHED RESULTING IN A DECREASE IN AIRSPEED. HE STATED HE DID NOT HAVE THE AIRSPEED OR ALTITUDE TO RECOVER, SO HE LOWERED THE FLAPS AND SETTLED THE AIRPLANE INTO THE TREE TOPS. THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED THROUGH THE TREES UNTIL IT CONTACTED THE GROUND. THE PILOT AND PASSENGER EXITED THE AIRPLANE SAFELY WITH NO INJURIES.

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

THE PILOT FAILED TO COMPENSATE FOR WIND CONDITIONS AND ENCOUNTERED A STALL. THE WINDSHEAR WAS A FACTOR.

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