NTSB Identification: NYC02LA024.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 02, 2001 in Argyle, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/04/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172D, registration: N36SK
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that after takeoff, about 150 feet above the ground, the oil access door opened. The pilot decided to return for a landing, and made a left turn back towards the airport. During the turn, the airplane lost lift an impacted an alfalfa field about 1/2 mile short of the runway.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while maneuvering.

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