NTSB Identification: NYC00LA265.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 23, 2000 in GREENVILLE, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/08/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 208B, registration: N590TA
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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According to the pilot, he was conducting a GPS approach during occasional low ceilings, reduced visibility and rain. At the minimum descent altitude, the ground was 'occasionally' visible through fog and rain. Near the missed approach point, the runway lights were visible, so he continued the descent. He lost visual contact with the runway, and began a missed approach, but collided with trees. The accident site was 2 miles prior to the runway, on rising terrain, 200 feet below the runway elevation. The missed approach point was over the approach end of the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper in-flight decision to continue his descent without visual contact with the runway, and his inattention to his altitude, in relation to the airport elevation. Full narrative available
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