NTSB Identification: NYC02LA084.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in Clifford, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/16/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-12, registration: N4480M
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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The pilot was accustomed to landing at the airport, which had an approach path cut into a stand of trees that had not yet developed spring foliage. The airplane struck a tree on the left side of the approach path, then impacted a marsh. The sun was about 35 degrees to the left of the approach path, and 28 degrees above the horizon. There was no evidence of a mechanical malfunction.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain a proper visual lookout for trees. A factor was sunglare.

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