NTSB Identification: CHI93FA322.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 15, 1993 in SALOL, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1994
Aircraft: PIPER J-3C-85, registration: N6301H
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS AERIAL OBSERVATION OF A WHEAT FIELD. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE MANEUVERING AT LOW ALTITUDES (LESS THAN 100 FEET AGL), BEFORE IT PITCHED NOSE UP AND BANKED TO THE LEFT INTO THE GROUND. A POSTIMPACT FIRE ENSUED. POSTACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. RECORDS INDICATE THE PILOT HAD APPROXIMATELY 435 HOURS TOTAL FLIGHT TIME, OF WHICH ABOUT 390 HOURS WERE IN THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE. THE AIRPLANE CO-OWNER STATED THE PILOT HAD FLOWN LESS THAN TWO HOURS IN THE PRECEDING EIGHT MONTHS.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED RESULTING IN AN AERODYNAMIC STALL. THE PILOT'S LACK OF RECENT FLIGHT EXPERIENCE IS A RELATED FACTOR.

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