NTSB Identification: NYC07CA049.
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Accident occurred Thursday, December 14, 2006 in Middletown, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 172C, registration: N8260X
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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.

While turning from base to final for a landing at the destination airport, the Cessna 172C struck trees and was substantially damaged. The pilot stated that the combination of "hazy visibility," a crazed windshield, and sun glare resulted in his misjudgment of the descent rate and runway alignment. He also stated that he should have initiated a "go-around."

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

The pilot misjudging distance/altitude during the turn from base to final, which resulted in an undershoot and subsequent collision with trees. A factor was the haze.

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