NTSB Identification: DFW05FA240.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 15, 2005 in Cleveland, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 175B, registration: N8285T
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The 1,220-hour pilot lost control of the single-engine airplane while maneuvering at a low altitude over an area leased for deer hunting. No flight plan was filed, and the airplane was not reported missing until the following day. No radio transmissions or distress calls were received, and there were no reported eyewitnesses to the accident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, with more than 10 miles of visibility. The airplane came to rest in a near vertical position with the engine and nose section driven into the ground. Flight control continuity was established at the accident site, and no evidence of preimpact mechanical failure or malfunction was observed.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed resulting in an inadvertent stall/spin. A contributing factor was the low altitude.

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