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N1041Z accident description

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Crash location 43.433333°N, 83.861667°W
Nearest city Saginaw, MI
43.419470°N, 83.950807°W
4.6 miles away
Tail number N1041Z
Accident date 20 Apr 2007
Aircraft type Johnson-Whittman Tailwind JW9L
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The experimental amateur-built airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with a fence and terrain. The pilot suspected engine problems on takeoff and elected to return to the departure airport. The pilot's accident report stated, "Pilot has flown over the old 4' fence many times over in the last 20 years, but did not realize the new 6' fence was out of sight and at this distance the pilot needs to lower the tail for a 3 point landing." An examination of the wreckage revealed no pre-impact anomalies.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain the proper glidepath and clearance from a fence while on final approach.

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