NTSB Identification: FTW02LA203.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 08, 2002 in Denton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 172B, registration: N7550X
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the approach for landing, he was distracted by an aircraft taking off on the same runway. The pilot stated that he was high and fast and with flaps extended the aircraft was floating down the runway. Touch down was made toward the end of the runway. The aircraft was still traveling at a high speed when it ran off the end of the runway and collided with the localizer antenna located approximately 300 feet from the end of the runway edge. The aircraft came to rest approximately 108 feet beyond the antenna. Tire marks were noted on the runway about 271 feet from the end of the runway pavement. Tire tracks through the grass indicated a slight left turn just prior to the aircraft colliding nearly centered through the localizer antenna length. During the post accident examination, no evidence of a mechanical failure or malfunction was noted.

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

The pilot's misjudgment of distance and altitude. Contributing factors were the pilot's diverted attention and the runway localizer antenna.

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