NTSB Identification: MKC89FA011.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37930.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 23, 1988 in HARRISONVILLE, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N42676
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 PLT ELECTED TO FLY IN WINDS THAT WERE GUSTING FROM THE NORTHWEST. HE STATED THAT WHILE TAKING OFF TO THE NORTH, HE WAS MAINTAINING A NORMAL RATE OF CLIMB & AIRSPEED, BUT AT APRX 100 FT AGL, THE ACFT ENCTRD A SUDDEN SEVERE DOWNDRAFT & WAS SLAMMED TO THE GROUND. IT IMPACTED IN A RAVINE APRX 1/4 MI FROM THE TAKEOFF POINT. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT WAS FOUND. THE PLT HAD NEITHER A CURRENT MEDICAL CERTIFICATE NOR THE REQUIRED BIENNIAL FLT REVIEW. ALSO, THE ACFT DID NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ANNUAL INSPN.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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