NTSB Identification: CHI01FA001.
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Accident occurred Monday, October 02, 2000 in Rapid City, SD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/03/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-44-180, registration: N294ND
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane was destroyed during an in-flight collision with the terrain following an intentional pitch-up maneuver, approximately at mid-field to an altitude of 1,000 feet above ground level, and subsequent intentional nose-down maneuver which resulted in the collision with the runway. According to an Investigation Report prepared by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, the pilot's cause of death was, "...blunt force trauma due to an airplane crash with the manner of death as suicide."

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

Suicide

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