NTSB Identification: CHI97LA136.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 17, 1997 in FLUSHING, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/30/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N625EE
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot kept the airplane's altitude high on final approach at night due to trees at the end of the runway. When the airplane touched down, he could see that it was approaching the departure end of the runway. At that point, the pilot initiated an aborted landing; however, the airplane impacted trees off the departure end of the runway.

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

the pilot's misjudgment of distance and speed on final approach, his failure to attain the proper touchdown point for landing, and his delay in initiating a go-around (aborted landing). Factors related to the accident were: darkness, and the proximity of trees.

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