NTSB Identification: IAD05CA098.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 15, 2005 in Williamstown, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Grumman G164A, registration: N48408
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.
After takeoff, the pilot determined that the weather was worse than reported, and he returned to the departure airport. While on final approach, the airplane began to "settle," and the pilot was "slow" in his response. He added power, but the airplane struck wires and terrain prior to the approach end the runway. When asked about the performance and handling of the airplane, the pilot responded, "The airplane was fine. The engine was running perfectly. I'm not blaming anyone but me." In a subsequent conversation, the pilot added that he managed the airport, knew the wires were there, and that they were marked.
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. Full narrative available
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