NTSB Identification: NYC93LA179.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 29, 1993 in WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2572U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT REPORTED AFTER TOUCHING DOWN ON RUNWAY 23, I DECIDED THAT MY SPEED WAS TOO HIGH AND THAT A GO-AROUND WOULD BE APPROPIATE. I STARTED TO ADD POWER, RETRACTED FLAPS, AND KEYED THE MICROPHONE TO ALERT THE CONTROL TOWER AS TO MY INTENTIONS. HOWEVER, I THEN NOTICED WHAT I BELIEVED TO BE A HELICOPTER AT LOW ALTITUDE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO MY LEFT AND MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF MY PLANNED FLIGHT PATH. I DECIDED TO TRY TO STOP THE AIRCRAFT; I REDUCED POWER AND BEGAN TO APPLY THE BRAKES. I REACHED THE END OF THE RUNWAY AT SLOW SPEED, BUT COULD NOT STOP BEFORE RUNNING OFF THE RUNWAY.' THE AIRPLANE WENT DOWN A 12 FOOT EMBANKMENT AND CAME TO A STOP. A WITNESS REPORTED THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 2/3 THE LENGTH OF THE RUNWAY.

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

The pilot's misjudgement of speed and distance, which resulted in a landing overrun of the runway. Factors were an embankment and the pilot not being able to abort the landing.

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