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N96178 accident description

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Crash location 39.055000°N, 79.431389°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 Davis, WV
37.826769°N, 82.084574°W
166.8 miles away
Tail number N96178
Accident date 26 Apr 2013
Aircraft type Cessna 172P
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

At the conclusion of the cross-country flight, the pilot entered the traffic pattern for the 3,000-foot long by 40-foot wide runway at the residential airpark. The pilot was concerned by the houses located near the runway, so he approached higher and faster than was customary. The airplane subsequently touched down near the runway mid-point, and realizing that insufficient distance remained to stop the airplane, the pilot aborted the landing. During the climb the pilot heard the stall warning sound and decreased the pitch attitude to gain airspeed. About that time the airplane struck trees beyond the departure end of the runway and subsequently impacted the ground. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airframe or engine what would have precluded normal operation, and that his decision to abort the landing was “about 5 seconds too late.”

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s improper glidepath as he approached the runway and his subsequent delayed decision to abort the landing.

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