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N60CF accident description

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Crash location 40.171667°N, 80.641111°W
Nearest city Wheeling, WV
40.063962°N, 80.720915°W
8.6 miles away
Tail number N60CF
Accident date 18 Dec 2004
Aircraft type Smith, Ted Aerostar 601P
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot attempted a night landing on a taxiway in front of the control tower, which was closed at the time. The airplane overran the end of the taxiway, rolled down an embankment and struck trees. The pilot, whose identity was not confirmed, was believed to have incurred minor injuries. He subsequently paid a passerby to take him to a local hotel, and after a night's rest, he left the area. Ownership of the airplane could not be determined due to a recent sale. Approximately 250 kilograms of cocaine were found onboard the airplane. Further investigation was being conducted by federal authorities and local law enforcement.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot misjudged his distance/speed, and his intentional landing on an unsuitable taxiway at night. A factor in the accident was the night light conditions.

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