NTSB Identification: NYC96LA155.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 23, 1996 in TURNER, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/01/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 150G, registration: N3269J
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 took off on a short flight to a nearby airport. He reported that as he approached the destination airport to land, the airspeed indicated about 45 to 50 mph with vibrations. As he flared to land, the airplane floated about 6 feet above the grass landing area with no stall characteristics. The airplane did not seem to slow sufficiently, so the pilot made a go-around. He indicated that he began a gradual climb, but kept the nose down to build airspeed. He started a right turn as he neared the departure end of the runway. The airplane cleared a building, but the wingtip struck a utility pole. The airplane then descended to the ground and came to rest on a street. An FAA examination of the airplane revealed the pitot tube cover was on the pitot tube. The pilot reported that this was the first time he had used the cover after it had been missing for several months.

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

the pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, by failing to remove the pitot tube cover, which resulted in false airspeed indications, and his failure to maintain adequate obstacle clearance from a utility pole.

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