NTSB Identification: SEA06LA164.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 19, 2006 in Townsend, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/26/2007
Aircraft: Bellanca 8GCBC, registration: N4109Y
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot was performing a low level fly-by to find some of his friends who were camping in the area. A witness reported that the airplane made multiple low passes over open terrain; on the last pass, the left wing struck the ground and the airplane cartwheeled before coming to rest. The pilot reported that the left wing was bent up from the mid-section outboard, and the fuselage was crushed and wrinkled.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain terrain clearance while intentionally maneuvering low to the ground.

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