NTSB Identification: MKC89FA055.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39126.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 21, 1989 in LUXEMBURG, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/11/1990
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7EC, registration: N7596E
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 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.

WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLING AT A VERY LOW ALTITUDE PRIOR TO IT DESCENDING RAPIDLY TO COLLISION WITH THE TERRAIN. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE PILOT HAD EXCEEDED WEIGHT AND BALANCE PARAMETERS IN THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS OVER THE ALLOWABLE TAKEOFF WEIGHT AND EXCEEDED THE AFT CENTER OF GRAVITY LIMITS.

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

THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED WHICH RESULTED IN A STALL AND LOSS OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL. THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO OBSERVE WEIGHT AND BALANCE LIMITATIONS OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.

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