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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA156
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 24, 2017 in Orange, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N77116
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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while attempting to land on the “grass portion of the runway” parallel to the paved runway, the ground was soft. Subsequently, the main wheels sunk into the ground, and the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to its right-wing lift strut and vertical stabilizer.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which resulted in a nose-over.