NTSB Identification: CHI99LA353.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 26, 1999 in GRAN MARAIS, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2002
Aircraft: Luscombe 8A, registration: N65353
Injuries: 2 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.

After takeoff from a lake into the wind, the aircraft began a left turn over the lake shore and then descended during the turn until collision with the lake's surface. The pilot said: "The downward wind coming over hill and trees caused my loss of lift, then after turning left and stalling the left wing caused the crash."

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

the downwind turn, stall, mush, due to the pilot's decision to turn and failure to maintain flying speed.

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