NTSB Identification: NYC08CA055.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 08, 2007 in Tallahassee, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2008
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-150, registration: N5921D
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.

The pilot, age 85, was attempting to land a Piper PA-22-150 at his private airstrip. While on final approach for the 1,500-foot-long turf strip, the airplane contacted trees, then utility wires, and came to rest upright. The reported weather about the time of the accident included calm winds, a broken ceiling at 9,000 feet, and visibility 10 miles. The pilot reported a total flight experience of 2,319 hours; of which, most was in the same make and model as the accident airplane. In addition, the pilot flew the accident airplane about 17 hours during the 90-day period preceding the accident. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any.

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

The pilot's misjudged clearance over obstacles during final approach.

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