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N56BC accident description

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Crash location 45.166667°N, 69.416667°W
Nearest city Sangerville, ME
45.123945°N, 69.310324°W
6.0 miles away
Tail number N56BC
Accident date 14 Aug 2002
Aircraft type Cessna 172G
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 14, 2002, at 1925 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N56BC, was substantially damaged when it impacted the ground during a go-around attempt at a private airstrip in Sangerville, Maine. The certificated private pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight, between Concord Municipal Airport (CON), Concord, New Hampshire, and Sangerville. The personal flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

According to the pilot, his approach to the airstrip was "normal at 65-70 mph." The pilot thought he was going to land too long, so he "attempted a go-around with insufficient altitude and airspeed."

Photographs from the accident scene revealed that the airplane came to rest nose-down, between two trees, with the tail sticking up almost vertically. There was leading edge crush to both wings, the flaps appeared to be up, and the carburetor heat appeared to be activated.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed during a go-around, which resulted in an inadvertent stall.

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