NTSB Identification: CHI85FA176B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28953.
Accident occurred Friday, April 26, 1985 in PRAIRIE DUSAC, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-17, registration: N761R
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Uninjured.

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.

THIS MIDAIR COLLISION OCCURRED APPROX 2 MI NE OF SAUK-PRAIRIE APT. THE PILOTS OF THE CESSNA WERE IN A CLIMBING RIGHT DEPARTURE TURN AT APPROX 1600 FT MSL HEADING APPROX 120 DEG WHEN A COLLSION OCCURRED WITH A PIPER HEADING APPROX 270 DEG AND DESCENDING. ONE PILOT IN THE CESSNA WAS WEARING AN INSTRUMENT HOOD. THE PILOT OF THE PIPER WAS FLYING INTO THE SETTING SUN. ONE WITNESS SAW THE PIPER MAKE A SHARP EVASIVE TURN JUST PRIOR TO IMPACT. THE PILOTS OF THE CESSN DID NOT SEE THEPIPER UNTIL AFTER THE COLLSION. FOLLOWING THE COLLSION THE PILOT OF THE PIPER LOST CONTROL OF HIS AIRCRAFT AND CRASHED. THE PILOTS IN THE CESSN LANDED SAFELY BACK AT SAUK-PRAIRIE EVEN THOUGH 3 FT 4 INCHES OF THE RIGHT WING AND 4 FT 4 INCHES OF THE RIGHT AILERON WERE MISSING. NEARLY FULL LEFT AILERON WAS REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE RECOVERY AND LANDING.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE

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