NTSB Identification: CHI99LA225.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 04, 1999 in HARBOR SPRINGS, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2000
Aircraft: Mooney M20J, registration: N201HG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The airplane contacted the top of a tree while on final approach. The pilot was able to continue the approach and land the airplane in the grass alongside the runway. The pilot reported the airplane encountered wind shear approximately 1,000 feet from the end of the runway. He reported winds issued over the Unicom were from 270 degrees at 10 to 12 knots. Reported winds 12 miles northeast of the airport were from 240 degrees at 12 knots gusting to 22 knots.

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

the pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind conditions and his failure to maintain clearance with the trees. Factors associated with the accident were the gusty winds, wind shear, and the trees.

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