Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2000 Issue

Dec. 12, Springhill, La. / Cessna 172

At 12:30 CST, a Cessna 172N struck trees while maneuvering near Springhill. The pilot received minor injuries. IMC prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot said he had been hunting deer on his property earlier that morning and had wounded a deer. He decided to search for the wounded deer using his airplane. He was flying over his property at 300 feet agl with 10 degrees of flaps extended when the airplane struck two oak trees. A weather observation facility 33 miles away reported the wind from 010 at 11 knots, 1.5 miles visibility in heavy rain showers and mist, overcast ceilings at 300 feet agl, temperature 50 degrees and dewpoint 48 degrees....

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