NTSB Identification: CHI85LA358.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29210.
Accident occurred Friday, August 23, 1985 in FERGUS FALLS, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-36-285, registration: N40920
Injuries: 1 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.

WHEN THE PLT ENTERED A STEEP RIGHT TURN AT THE END OF A SWATH RUN THE ACFT BEGAN TO LOOSE ALT SO THE PLT ADDED FULL PWR AND LEVELED THE WINGS. WHEN THE ACFT WAS CLOSE TO THE GROUND AND SLOW THE PLT NOTICED A ROW OF TREES ALONG THE FLT PATH. DURING A PULL UP IN AN ATTEMPT TO CLEAR THE TREES, THE ACFT STALLED AND CONTACTED THE TREES FOLLOWED BY THE TERRAIN.

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

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

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