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Tail numberN7795N
Accident dateJune 23, 2009
Aircraft typePiper PA-28-180
LocationSanborn, IA
Near 43.201389 N, -95.733056 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 23, 2009, at 1056 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180 single-engine airplane, N7795N, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Sanborn, Iowa. The private pilot, a pilot-rated passenger, and another passenger sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight departed Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, approximately 0800 and was en route to South Dakota.

According to several witnesses located near the accident site, the airplane was observed to be flying at a low altitude. Two witnesses, located northeast of the accident site, observed the airplane at a low altitude and the engine was "coughing, sputtering, and missing." The engine quit shortly thereafter, restarted, and quit again. The witnesses lost sight of the airplane behind trees. Approximately 5 minutes later, the witnesses heard sirens and emergency vehicles.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane touched down in a corn field with the corn measuring 2 to 3 feet in height. The airplane traveled through the corn field for approximately 100 feet and impacted a ditch, 2 feet from the top of a gravel road. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The weather at the time as reported by witnesses was clear skies and the winds were light and variable.

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