NTSB Identification: SEA86LA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31357.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 26, 1986 in PULLMAN, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N6490Z
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

AFTER TAKEOFF DURING A 180 DEGREE TURN THE AIRCRAFT DEVELOPED A RAPID RATE OF SINK WHICH THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO ARREST. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO DUMP 140 POUNDS OF WATER, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK POWER LINES AND THEN STRUCK THE GROUND INVERTED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN DESTROYED BY FIRE.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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