NTSB Identification: MKC85LA220.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28917.
Accident occurred Friday, September 20, 1985 in KALONA, IA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N78227
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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT ON THE INITIAL INDICATION OF RAIN, HE ELECTED TO TAKEOFF FROM THE HARVESTED SOYBEAN FIELD BEFORE IT BECAME MUDDY. THE FIELD WAS SOFT & WAS ABOUT 2100 FT LONG. BEFORE THE ACDNT, THE WIND WAS FROM THE SOUTH, SO THE PLT BEGAN HIS TAKEOFF IN THAT DIRECTION. AFTER LIFT-OFF, HE BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT TREES AHEAD & BEGAN A SHALLOW TURN. THE ACFT BEGAN SETTLING DURING THE TURN & SUBSEQUENTLY COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. AFTER THE ACDNT, THE WIND WAS NOTED TO HAVE CHANGED & WAS BLOWING FROM THE NORTH.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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