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N9401B accident description

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Crash location 41.869445°N, 84.074723°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Blissfield, MI
41.832549°N, 83.862441°W
11.2 miles away
Tail number N9401B
Accident date 04 Jun 2004
Aircraft type Cessna 175
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 4, 2004, at 1720 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 175, N9401B, nosed over during a landing overrun on the pilot's private airstrip in Blissfield, Michigan. The commercial rated pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The flight originated from the Lenawee County Airport (ADG), Adrian, Michigan, at 1715.

The pilot reported he was landing to the west on his 1,300 foot by 100 foot grass airstrip when the accident occurred. He stated there are high-tension power lines on the west end of the airstrip so if the winds are 5 knots or less, he lands to the west so he does not have to cross the lines on approach. The pilot stated the winds at his departure airport, 6 minutes away, were from 050 degrees at 6 knots. He stated he landed a bit further down the airstrip than normal and he attempted to ground loop the airplane when he realized he was not going to be able to stop. The pilot stated that due to the lack of friction because of the grass, he was unable to ground loop the airplane and it continued off the end of the airstrip. The airplane nosed over when it contacted a 6-foot deep drainage ditch.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot selected the wrong runway on which to land which resulted in exceeding the proper touchdown point during landing. Factors associated with the accident were the tailwind condition and the drainage ditch which the airplane contacted.

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