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N6371D accident description

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Crash location 42.424167°N, 71.791111°W
Nearest city Sterling, MA
42.433425°N, 71.782849°W
0.8 miles away
Tail number N6371D
Accident date 31 May 2010
Aircraft type Cessna 172N
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot entered the traffic pattern for runway 34 based on prevailing winds. She observed the wind sock change to favor runway 16, so she began to maneuver the airplane for a runway 16 landing. The winds again changed direction to favor runway 34. While on final approach for runway 34, she found herself too high over the touchdown zone, so she executed a go-around. A passenger in the right seat panicked and started screaming, so the pilot discontinued the go-around, closed the throttle, and the airplane settled into the trees past the runway end. Structural damage to the wings and fuselage resulted. The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s decision to not continue with the go-around, which resulted in a collision with trees. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s distraction due to the passenger’s panicked condition.

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