NTSB Identification: NYC97LA131.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 30, 1997 in TIOGA, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N97613
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 Uninjured.
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After takeoff, the airspeed indicator failed, and the pilot diverted to another airport. The pilot removed mud from the pitot tube and refueled the airplane. He then departed with the passengers to return to the original point of departure, and while en route the airspeed indicator failed again. According to the pilot, '...As (the destination) has 50ft obstacle on one end, I elected to land downwind...I made a low and as slow an approach...Upon landing I found I was too fast and applied full brakes on uneven terrain. Front wheel broke off and I held the airplane up...When the front came down, the gear post dug into the strip and the aircraft flipped on it's back...' Examination of the airplane and the grass airstrip revealed that the airplane touched down on the first one-third of the runway. The airplane bounced and touched down about 1,000 feet from the approach end of the runway. It then became airborne again, touched down 500 feet later, and the nose wheel dug into the dirt and the airplane nosed over.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper inflight decision to land downwind with an inoperative airspeed indicator, and his improper landing flare. Full narrative available
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