NTSB Identification: CHI92DER02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47887.
Accident occurred Friday, July 10, 1992 in BADGER, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N4704Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS AERIAL APPLICATION OF AN HERBICIDE. THE PILOT REPORTED DURING A LOW ALTITUDE STEEP TURN TO REVERSE DIRECTION, THERE WAS A SUDDEN '...WIND SHEAR WHICH RANGED FROM A STRONG GUST TO CALM WITHIN A PERIOD OF SECONDS.' THE PILOT APPLIED FULL POWER AND LEVELED THE WINGS AS THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED TO THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND POST-IMPACT FIRE.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL WHILE MANEUVERING AT LOW ALTITUDE IN GUSTY WINDS.

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