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N80MW accident description

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Crash location 46.327223°N, 85.488333°W
Nearest city Newberry, MI
46.354998°N, 85.509559°W
2.2 miles away
Tail number N80MW
Accident date 05 Sep 2008
Aircraft type Cessna 185
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that she was making a straight-in visual-flight-rules approach into an uncontrolled airport, where she was heading toward the runway with the sun directly in her eyes. She thought she was on the final approach for the runway when the airplane hit electrical wires that were approximately 80 feet high. The pilot reported that she added power and was able to climb to a safe altitude. She located the intended runway and landed the airplane without incident. The inspection of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the wires on approach. Contributing to the accident was the sunshine, as reported by the pilot.

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