NTSB Identification: DEN87FA224.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34305.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 26, 1987 in DEVILS LAKE, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/25/1988
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N11024
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 ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AT LOW ALTITUDE AND CIRCLING A FARM THAT BELONGED TO THE PLT'S SISTER. AFTER MAKING TWO PASSES BY THE FARM, THE ACFT CRASHED IN A CORN FIELD. THE PLT SAID HE WAS LOOKING FOR A FIELD IN WHICH TO LAND, AND ON THE 2ND PASS, THE ACFT ENCTRD 'WING TIP VORTICES' FROM THE PREVIOUS PASS. HE ESTD THE AIRSPEED AT THAT TIME WAS APRX 75 TO 80 MPH AND THE ACFT WAS IN ABOUT A 45 DEG BANK. ALSO, HE SAID THE LEFT WING DROPPED AND HE INITIATED STALL RECOVERY PROCEDURES, BUT THE ACFT HIT THE GROUND BEFORE A FULL RECOVERY WAS MADE. ADDITIONALLY, HE STATED, 'NATURE OF ACCIDENT WAS AN ACCELERATED TURNING STALL.' THE PLT'S MED CERT WAS DATED 2/6/85.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WAKE TURBULENCE..ENCOUNTERED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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