On October 9, 2000, at 1040 Eastern Daylight Time, a Cessna 152, N65671, was substantially damaged during an aborted landing at Brookhaven Airport (HWV), Shirley, New York. The certificated private pilot and the passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan had been filed for the flight, between Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York, and Brookhaven. The personal flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, during the aborted landing, the airplane veered off the left side of the runway, struck a runway light assembly, then hit barriers surrounding a windsock and flipped over.

The pilot stated that he had heard, on UNICOM frequency, that there was a crosswind for the landing runway, Runway 33. On final approach, he corrected for the crosswind, and the airplane touched down on the runway. It then "immediately lifted off...and...headed approximately 300 degrees." The pilot applied full power, "similar to a soft field takeoff," but could not gain enough altitude to clear obstacles.

The pilot further stated that he had 148 total hours of flight time.

Weather, recorded at the airport 16 minutes after the accident, included clear skies, and winds from 340 degrees true, at 9, gusting to 18 knots.

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