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N1875Q accident description

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Crash location 36.836944°N, 108.028611°W
Nearest city Aztec, NM
36.822226°N, 107.992846°W
2.2 miles away
Tail number N1875Q
Accident date 21 Sep 2015
Aircraft type Cessna 177RG
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that during the landing roll he was "blinded by the sunrise coming straight down the runway." Unable to see, the pilot applied power to abort the landing, but the airplane departed the runway to the left and impacted shrubs. The pilot reduced power to idle and stopped the airplane after impacting the shrubs. The fuselage and stabilator sustained substantial damage.

The pilot stated there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during an aborted landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and an impact with shrubs.

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