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N4737L accident description

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Crash location Unknown
Nearest city Matawan, NJ
40.414830°N, 74.229589°W
Tail number N4737L
Accident date 18 Apr 2002
Aircraft type Cessna 152
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On April 18, 2002, about 1420 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N4737L, was substantially damaged while landing at Marlboro Airport (2N8), Matawan, New Jersey. The certificated student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the solo instructional flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The student pilot stated that he departed 2N8 about 1245 for a local flight. About 1420, he returned to the airport, and landed on runway 09, a 2,156-foot long, 50-foot wide, asphalt runway. The student pilot added that he was "fast" on final approach, and the airplane touched down about half-way down the runway, with a tailwind. The student pilot was unable to stop the airplane before it overran the runway, and it came to rest inverted in a field adjacent to the airport.

The student pilot further stated that although the wind was calm minutes before his approach, he landed with an approximate 10-knot tailwind. He reported a total flight experience of 65 hours, and did not report any mechanical difficulties with the airplane.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the upper surface of the wings, ribs, and the center fuselage.

The reported wind at an airport approximately 22 miles north of the accident site, at 1451, was variable at 5 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate weather evaluation, and excessive airspeed while landing. A factor was a tailwind.

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