On June 13, 1996, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N7373G, was substantially damaged while practicing forced landings at Gardner Municipal Airport, Gardner, Massachusetts. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The personal flight originated in Westfield, Massachusetts about 1415 edt. No flight plan had been filed for the local flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In the NTSB Form 6120.1/2 the pilot stated, I was "high and close on final and intended to go around but was too slow and ran out of runway. I bounced two times on the runway and hit the last runway light on the left, then came to rest upside down approximately 50 yards past the end of the runway. I was too slow to start the propeller and did not have adequate runway remaining to stop."

Post-accident examination of the wreckage, by the Federal Aviation Administration, revealed no mechanical malfunction.

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