NTSB Identification: CHI83LA241.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21458.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 04, 1983 in BIG LAKE, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N55270
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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A RAILROAD SIGN DURING APPROACH TO A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP. THE WEATHER WAS VMC BUT THERE WAS A CROSS-WIND OF ABOUT 15 KTS AND A LOW SUN CREATING SUNGLARE. THE ACFT DRIFTED TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RWY DUE TO WIND AND COLLIDED WITH THE SIGN. THE PLT WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY SEEING THE RWY OR OBSTRUCTION BECAUSE OF THE SUNGLARE.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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