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N20469 accident description

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Crash location 41.618334°N, 73.083334°W
Nearest city Watertown, CT
41.615375°N, 73.117055°W
1.8 miles away
Tail number N20469
Accident date 09 Sep 2014
Aircraft type Cessna 172M
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that he was utilizing an iPad for navigation, and mistakenly landed in a field rather than his intended destination, an airport with a turf runway. After landing, he taxied the airplane to a corner of the field and commenced a takeoff roll, estimating the available takeoff distance to be about 600 feet. Just after takeoff, the left wing struck a tree and the airplane subsequently impacted the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing and engine firewall. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or abnormalities with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's decision to takeoff from a field which resulted in a collision with trees and the ground. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to correctly identify the destination airport and runway, which resulted in an off-airport landing in the field.

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