NTSB Identification: MIA94LA207.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 07, 1994 in OSTEEN, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/18/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N48938
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated he was in cruise flight when he smelled and observed smoke in the cockpit. The pilot entered left downwind at a private airfield and made a precautionary landing, landing long and fast. The airplane ran off the end of the runway. The pilot applied left rudder to avoid a ditch. The airplane collided with a tree, and spun around its vertical axis to the right 180 degrees before coming to a complete stop. Examination of the airplane revealed a melted insulator on the terminal ring connector attached to the oil temperature gauge.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S DECISION TO LAND WITH EXCESSIVE AIRSPEED, AND FAILURE TO OBTAIN THE PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT DURING A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. THE ELECTRICAL SHORT WAS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

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