NTSB Identification: ERA12CA311
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Eaton, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N82398
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 that he permitted the airplane to get low and slow during short final approach to the runway. He stated that he increased the engine power; however, the engine did not “seem” to immediately respond. Although the pilot tried to stretch the glide to reach the grass airstrip, the airplane skimmed the river water in front of the strip, and the airplane impacted an adjacent riverbank and came to rest inverted at the beginning of the grass strip, incurring substantial damage to the vertical empennage section. The pilot stated that there were no preimpact malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of the pilot’s certification showed that his last medical certificate was issued in February 2007, and was expired when the accident occurred.

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

The pilot's improper approach to landing, which resulted in the airplane touching down short of the runway.

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