NTSB Identification: FTW99LA260.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 16, 1999 in MOUNTAIN HOME, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 172K, registration: N84697
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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Dark night conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight. During the landing at the destination airport (non-towered), the private pilot confused the lighted runway and lighted parallel taxiway and landed the airplane on the grass between the taxiway and the runway. Although he initiated a go-around, the right main landing gear struck the edge of the taxiway crossover during the aborted landing. The nose gear collapsed, the airplane became airborne and traveled approximately 500 feet before impacting the ground in a nose down attitude and overturning. The pilot's total flight time was 99.5 hours. He had 5.3 hours total night flight time of which 2.1 hours were PIC flight time. The pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented by 'more training on night time operations.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to obtain runway alignment. Factors were the dark night conditions, an embankment, and the pilot's lack of total experience flying at night. Full narrative available
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