NTSB Identification: CHI05LA145.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 2005 in Mapleton, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/2006
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-235, registration: N8619L
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane was damaged during an off-airport precautionary landing. The pilot reported that he encountered heavy rain and landed in a soybean field. Weather reports for the vicinity listed heavy rain and visibilities of 1/2 to 3/4 statute mile. The right wing was damaged due to impact with an unknown object.

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

The pilot's continued flight into instrument meteorological conditions and his failure to maintain clearance from an object during the precautionary landing. The heavy rain and the unknown object were factors.

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