NTSB Identification: NYC96LA081.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 31, 1996 in MATAWAN, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-260, registration: N9101P
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot planned to perform three landings to runway 27, a 2156 foot long, 40 foot wide runway with obstructions at both ends, for his recent currency experience. During the third landing while on final approach, the pilot stated that the airplane sunk and struck the ground. The airplane came to rest approximately 20 feet from the approach end of the runway. The pilot reported that the weather was perfect, and he did not report any mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. Additionally, postaccident examination of the airplane did not reveal any preimpact anomalies.

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

the pilot's misjudgment of altitude and distance during final approach.

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