NTSB Identification: ATL04LA112.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 11, 2004 in Cortland, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/07/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N7123R
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

According to witnesses the airplane was flying low towards the airport when the right wing of the airplane "clipped a tree". The airplane "spun" to the right and collided with the ground. No radio transmissions were received from the pilot prior to the accident. Examination of the wreckage site revealed the airplane came to rest 600 feet from the approach end of the runway 13 on a golf course in a nose down attitude. The engine compartment of the airplane was crushed aft towards the firewall and displaced to the left. The right wing tip leading edge was crushed. The left wing assembly was buckled. Examination of the flight controls and power plant revealed no anomalies. The pilot did not report any mechanical or flight control anomalies.

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

The pilot's misjudgment of distance/altitude and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance which resulted in an undershoot and collision with trees.

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