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N73101 accident description

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Crash location 42.427500°N, 73.292500°W
Nearest city Pittsfield, MA
42.450085°N, 73.245382°W
2.9 miles away
Tail number N73101
Accident date 25 Sep 2016
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The solo student pilot reported that on final, following a cross-country flight, "It was really bumpy", the airplane was at a "pretty steep angle", and the stall warning horn was "really going crazy". He further reported that he tried to avoid a stall, and lowered the nose of the airplane, and the airplane touched down to the left of the runway unexpectedly. The airplane continued to the left of the runway and impacted a ditch.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The student pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s failure to maintain an appropriate descent rate and runway alignment during the landing flare, which resulted in the airplane touching down left of the runway and impacting a ditch.

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