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N5924R accident description

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Crash location 45.163611°N, 70.450556°W
Nearest city Eustis, ME
45.172554°N, 70.488957°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N5924R
Accident date 05 Aug 2005
Aircraft type Cessna C-172G
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 5, 2005, about 1050 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172G, N5924R, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an aborted landing at a private airstrip near Eustis, Maine. The certificated private pilot and passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, which departed Swans Field Airport (3S2), Dixfield, Maine, about 1010.

According to the pilot's written statement, upon arriving in the airport area he observed the windsock in the "down position," and entered the traffic pattern. After the pilot turned the airplane onto the final leg of the approach, he noticed that the airplane was "slightly" high, and compensated with "flaps and [a] slight slip."

The airplane touched down about 500 to 600 feet beyond the threshold of the 1,800-foot runway. The airplane "floated" down the runway for a time, then the pilot elected to abort the landing. He turned off the carburetor heat, applied full power, accelerated the airplane to 60 mph, and "bled off" the flaps. As the airplane climbed through about 15 feet above ground level, the pilot banked the airplane to the right. The right wing contacted a bush about 60 feet beyond the end of the runway. The airplane pivoted 180 degrees, impacted the ground, and incurred substantial damage to the wings, engine mounts, and tail section.

The pilot did not report any mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a bush during the aborted landing.

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