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N7303W accident description

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Crash location 40.586389°N, 119.596666°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 Gerlach, NV
40.651568°N, 119.355187°W
13.4 miles away
Tail number N7303W
Accident date 02 Sep 2011
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-180
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that he was flying the airplane over a large open desert playa. He decided to land after flying low over the surface to determine if he could make a safe landing. The surface appeared to be flat and dry. Upon touching down, the landing gear dug into the about 8-inch deep soft tufa. The airplane cartwheeled resulting in separation of the left wing and bending and wrinkling the left horizontal stabilizer. The left side of the fuselage, the engine mount, and the firewall were also bent and wrinkled.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s decision to land at an unknown off-airport location.

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