NTSB Identification: CHI99LA301.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 14, 1999 in RED WING, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-151, registration: N32840
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot completed a standard left-handed traffic pattern for runway 27 and touched down on the runway, tracking the runway centerline, without incident. The pilot reported that during the landing rollout a, '...very strong crosswind from the north pushed the plane south of the runway, I applied full right aileron to keep the right wing down. I was on the brakes [and] a ground loop developed.' The pilot stated that the airplane departed the prepared runway surface and came to rest in a 10 foot deep trench that paralleled runway 27, located approximately 150 feet south of the southern edge of the runway. A weather observation station, located on the airport, four minutes prior to the accident time, reported the wind 210-degrees at 6 knots. Other weather observation stations, near the accident site, did not record any significant winds or other weather phenomena near the time of the accident.

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

Directional control not being maintained by the pilot. A factor to the accident was the ditch.

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