NTSB Identification: NYC87LA205.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35562.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 15, 1987 in SPENCER LAKE, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N4202M
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE FLIGHT ORIGINATED AT SPENCER LAKE AND FLEW NORTH THEN SOUTH TO BAKER LAKE. SOUTH OF HEDGEHOG MOUNTAIN THE FLIGHT ENCOUNTERED DOWNDRAFTS AND A LOSS OF ALTITUDE AT 500-600 FEET PER MINUTE. UPON TURNING RIGHT TO RETURN TO SPENCER LAKE THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO LOSE ALTITUDE. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO TREES AND CAME TO REST WITH THE FLOATS ON THE GROUND. FUEL LEAKED INTO THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND A FIRE ERUPTED.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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