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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA249
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Marathon, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N3224T
Injuries: 2 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, during the second low pass over a friend’s grass airstrip, the airplane was “low and slow” and unable to maintain altitude. He applied throttle; however, he “got behind the airplane, and it got him.” Subsequently, the airplane settled, touched down, and overran the north end of the runway. The airplane then hit a road, became airborne shortly, and came to rest nose down.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.
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 failure to maintain altitude and airspeed while maneuvering at a low altitude.