NTSB Identification: CHI01LA020.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 21, 2000 in PULASKI, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/23/2001
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N7586F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane sustained substantial damage when it veered off of a closed grass runway and nosed over. The pilot said that on final approach he noticed a skydiver. He said, "In my judgment it was clear to land on the sod runway as the skydiver was on target over his designated landing spot, well to the left of runway 12. I touched the aircraft down and at that time the skydiver must have turned downwind as he ended up landing in the middle of the runway. I applied my right rudder to avoid a collision with the skydiver. This action resulted in my crossing the paved runway and entering the field. At this point I hit some brush and flipped the aircraft." No anomalies were found with respect to the aircraft that could be associated with a preexisting condition and the pilot reported none. An employee at the airport said that the grass runway was closed at the time of the accident.

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

the evasive maneuver initiated by the pilot. Factors were the presence of the skydiver on the runway, and the pilot's selection of a closed runway.

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