NTSB Identification: IAD04LA020.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 08, 2004 in Cumberland, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/2005
Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC, registration: N26644
Injuries: 2 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 reported that while flying near his home, the airplane "experienced a downdraft and dropped 600 feet." The airplane "fell" into transmission lines, and became entangled, upside down, about 25 feet above the ground. A photograph of the scene revealed that the right wing was bent upward, about 90 degrees at the wing root, and another 90 degrees to the right, about 2 feet from the initial bend. The accident site was on a mountain slope. The nearest reporting airport, about 40 miles to the southeast, recorded winds of 7 knots about 30 minutes before the accident. An airport about 50 miles to the east recoded winds at 11, gusting to 16 knots about 20 minutes after the accident. An airport about 55 miles to the west recoded winds at 5 knots about 20 minutes after the accident. The fire chief who responded to the scene did not recall any winds.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in an inadvertent stall into transmission lines.

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