NTSB Identification: NYC02LA151.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 28, 2002 in Kelleys Island, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/17/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-235, registration: N15442
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 pilot departed from runway 27 on Kellys Island where the airplane was based. The pilot reported that during final approach back to runway 27, the airplane encountered a severe downdraft. The pilot applied full power, but the airplane struck a rock prior to the runway. The reported wind at an airport about 15 miles southeast, was from 230 degrees at 12 knots, with no gusts. The reported wind at a buoy located about 7 miles northwest, was from 244 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 17 knots.

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

The pilot-in-command's failure to obtain a proper touchdown point. A factor was the downdraft.

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