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N4337P accident description

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Crash location 42.549722°N, 72.016111°W
Nearest city Gardner, MA
42.575088°N, 71.998133°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N4337P
Accident date 14 Jul 2007
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-161
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On July 14, 2007 at 1551 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-161, N4337P, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees during an aborted landing at Gardner Municipal Airport (GDM), Gardner, Massachusetts. The certificated private pilot and two passengers were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The airplane was registered to Piper 37P LLC and operated by the private pilot, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that she "landed long and fast," and decided to abort the landing. During the initial climb following the aborted landing, she "lost control of the airplane," and subsequently collided with trees near the departure end of the runway. She did not report any flight control or mechanical anomalies associated with the airplane prior to the accident.

The airplane was examined following the accident by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector. The inspector did not note any flight control or other obvious mechanical anomalies associated with the airframe or engine.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during an aborted landing.

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