NTSB Identification: FTW98LA413.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 27, 1998 in BELEN, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 177A, registration: N29572
Injuries: 2 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 had obtained a weather briefing and had received VFR flight following services from Albuquerque ARTCC. Radar services were terminated when the airplane was 22 miles south of Belen. The pilot proceeded under visual meteorological rules to Belen and made a straight-in approach to runway 03 (6,600 ft. x 60 ft., asphalt). The pilot said she noticed there was another airplane in the pattern that was turning base leg. She was unsure of the pilot's intentions because he was not using his radio. The pilot made the decision to land behind this traffic. She flared for landing and inadvertently stalled the airplane. The airplane collided with terrain short of the runway. The nose wheel landing gear was destroyed on impact. The firewall was also damaged.

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

The pilot inadvertently stalling the airplane.

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