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N4349K accident description

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Crash location 44.627778°N, 93.228056°W
Nearest city Lakeville, MN
44.649687°N, 93.242720°W
1.7 miles away
Tail number N4349K
Accident date 17 Sep 2008
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-161
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that he was going to perform two night landings at the accident airport before departing to his destination. He said that he was too high on final and reduced the power to idle and descended. The approach lights were on and the pilot reported that they were bright. He said that he was pressing the push to talk switch while looking at the lights and heard a loud bang. He stated that the airplane porpoised, he then regained control, and landed. The approach lights were damaged and the airplane sustained substantial damage. His safety recommendation said, "I should have aborted landing when I saw I was too high – went around, adjusted light brightness in the pattern and then landed."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's lack of clearance from the approach lights and the distraction of those bright approach lights during his night approach.

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