NTSB Identification: CHI85LA299.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28909.
Accident occurred Friday, July 19, 1985 in BIG FALLS, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5279S
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 PLT DIVERTED INTO THE BIG FALLS ARPT BECAUSE HIS ORIGINAL DESTINATION WAS BELOW VFR MINIMUMS. AFTER CHECKING THE SOD RUNWAY FOR A FIRMNESS & DETERMINING A GO/NO GO POINT, HE SUBSEQUENTLY TOOK OFF USING SOFT FIELD TECHNIQUES. HIS ROTATION WAS WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE DESIGNATED GO/NO GO POINT. THE PLT REPORTED THAT AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY, THE CLIMB PERFORMANCE DETERIORATED TO THE POINT WHERE THE ACFT SETTLED INTO TREES TO THE WEST OF THE AIRFIELD. HE ATTRIBUTED THE LOSS OF CLIMB PERFORMANCE TO A WIND SHIFT OR WIND SHEAR. THERE WERE 2 PASSENGERS & 35 GAL OF FUEL ON BOARD WHEN THE ACDNT OCCURRED.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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