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N77116 accident description

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Crash location 42.571667°N, 72.289444°W
Nearest city Orange, MA
42.616753°N, 72.299529°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N77116
Accident date 24 Feb 2017
Aircraft type Cessna 120
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that while attempting to land on the "grass portion of the runway", parallel to the paved runway, the ground was soft. Subsequently, the main wheels sunk into the ground and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to its right-wing lift strut and vertical stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which resulted in a nose-over.

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