NTSB Identification: NYC98LA046.
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Accident occurred Monday, December 15, 1997 in PHILADELPHIA, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-161, registration: N2932X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was reportedly practicing short field night landings at PNE to runway 24, a 7,000 foot long, 150 foot wide, asphalt runway. During the 12th landing, the airplane collided with a fence approximately 950 feet from the approach end of runway 24, and the airplane came to rest along the right side of the runway. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector did not disclose any evidence of mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any. The winds at the airport were reported from 230 degrees at 8 knots.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain proper distance and altitude during approach which resulted in an undershoot and collision with a fence.

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