NTSB Identification: CHI99LA331.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 06, 1999 in FOREST LAKE, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N9549S
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 departed in the airplane with the intention of practicing short field takeoffs and landings. He said that he allowed the airplane to get too low and too slow to land on the runway. The airplane touched down short of the runway and the right wing impacted a fence. He wrote in his statement concerning his recommendation to prevent this accident, 'Pilot take some dual time to assure proficiency after a long layoff period when no flying was done.'

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

the pilot's misjudging the proper glidepath, and his not maintaining airspeed. Factors were the pilot's lack of recent experience, the airplane's inadvertent stall, and the fence.

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