NTSB Identification: SEA04CA193.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 23, 2004 in Deer Harbor, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-28, registration: N56775
Injuries: 2 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.

After making two low passes over the runway, the pilot landed on the third approach. During the rollout the brakes had little effect in slowing the aircraft, which subsequently overran the southeast end of the airstrip, rolling down an embankment before coming to rest upright. A post accident inspection of the 1,500 foot grass airstrip revealed that it had been mowed very short and was very wet. The airplane had sustained substantial damage to its right wing, firewall and engine mounts. The pilot stated that he hadn't experienced any mechanical difficulties or malfunctions with the airplane that contributed to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to perform remedial action during the landing sequence. A factor contributing to the accident was the wet runway surface.

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