NTSB Identification: ATL98LA122.
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Accident occurred Monday, September 07, 1998 in NEW PORT RICHEY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172B, registration: N8096X
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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 stated to local law enforcement officers who responded to the accident site, that after takeoff from a private field in New Port Richey, FL, a left turn was made to enter the practice landing pattern. During the turn, the airplane descended into the trees. The pilot reported that the airplane's fuel tanks were filled to capacity just before the flight. The report filed by the police officer at the scene indicated that the pilot weighed about 250 pounds, his right front seat passenger weighed about 300 pounds, and the rear seat passenger weighed about 200 pounds. Additionally, a 50 pound bag of sand was found in the rear of the baggage compartment. The temperature at the time of the accident was about 84 degrees with an altimeter setting of 29.94' Hg. The wind was calm.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilots disregard of the performance capabilities of the airplane, his failure to attain and maintain flying speed, and his exceeding of the airplane's maximum weight. Full narrative available
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