NTSB Identification: ATL04CA196.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 29, 2004 in Charlotte, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N41985
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated he entered left traffic for runway 35 at Wellington Air Park. He turned on final approach and realized that he was high. He lowered the nose of the airplane and began his landing flare over the runway at 100 mph. The airplane touched down long and fast, went off the departure over run to the right and collided with trees. Examination of the runway revealed light tire marks about 600 feet from the departure end of runway 35 followed by heavy skid marks about 500 feet from the departure end of the runway. The runway is 2,835 feet in length.

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

The pilot's misjudgment of speed and distance resulting in an overrun and collision with trees.

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