NTSB Identification: MIA98LA256.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 25, 1998 in REIDSVILLE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/17/1999
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N152DD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot circled the airport twice, and then he entered the traffic pattern for a landing. He realized that he was landing long so he aborted the landing and initiated a go around. During the go around, the aircraft's tail section struck the top of a tree, 300 yards from the edge of the runway. According to an FAA inspector, the pilot was attempting to land at an unfamiliar grass strip.

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

The pilot's delay in the initiation of a go-around, and his failure to maintain obstacle (tree) clearance.

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