NTSB Identification: NYC98LA181.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 05, 1998 in LOUISVILLE, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1999
Aircraft: Cessna 305A, registration: N5245G
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was returning to land from his third banner flight of the day, and was towing a 25x75 foot banner. He made two attempts to release his banner, but both attempts failed, so he elected to land the airplane with the banner in tow. The pilot made a straight-in approach for the 3,539 foot long runway 14, and in an attempt to have the airplane touch down before the banner, he executed the approach steeper and faster than normal, but not as fast as he would have liked, because he wanted to get the airplane stopped before reaching an intersecting runway. By stopping before the intersecting runway, the pilot would prevent blocking it while he cleared the banner and airplane from the landing runway. When the airplane was over the runway and approximately 20 feet above the ground, the banner became snagged. The pilot applied full power, but the airplane stalled, and impacted the runway.

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

The pilot's improper inflight decision, and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed which resulted in a stall.

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