NTSB Identification: NYC94LA010.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 15, 1993 in HATFIELD, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/1994
Aircraft: SCHLAPPI RV3, registration: N669CP
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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THE PILOT WAS ON APPROACH TO RUNWAY 29 WHEN HE LANDED ABOUT 35 FEET SHORT OF THE RUNWAY AND THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A DIRT BANK. THE PILOT REPORTED THE APPROACH WAS ROUTINE UNTIL SHORT FINAL, WHEN THE AIRPORT AND TREES 'STARTED TO' BOIL UNDER ME AND I ADDED POWER TO 'MAINTAIN ALTITUDE BUT THE (DIRT BANK) CAME UP...' THE PILOT REPORTED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION.

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

The pilot misjudged his distance and altitude which resulted in an undershoot of the runway. A factor was his delay in intiating a go around.

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