On March 1, 1996, at 1500 eastern standard time, a Bellanca 7KCAB, N7807S, was substantially damaged during landing at a private airstrip near South Wales, New York. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that originated from South Wales, at 1400. No flight plan had been filed for the flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In the NTSB Form 6120.1/2, the pilot stated that he performed 2 takeoffs and landings at the South Wales Airport. He then departed the pattern and flew to another airstrip where he performed five touch and go landings. The pilot then flew back to South Wales and established the airplane on an approach to runway 29.

He further stated:

"...I made a normal approach to runway 29 and found my angle of descent was too low, so I added power to maintain altitude. After clearing the trees at the end of runway 29, I leveled the nose for a short field landing. The plane did not respond...I pulled the stick full aft and made a hard landing. The aircraft then made a turn to the right and...the right wing struck a tree...When I exited the aircraft I saw the tail wheel was bent to the right..."

The pilot reported that the winds were from 300 degrees at 22 knots, gusting to 25.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector, the runway was 4,000 feet long, 100 feet wide, and surrounded by 75 foot high trees on all sides.

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