This May 2009 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Glenburn, Maine. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a 1,900-foot grass runway. He stated that he was “too high and fast on final” but did not execute a go-around. The airplane overran the end of the runway and went up an embankment.
The pilot did not report any mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane.
Probable cause: The pilot’s misjudgment of distance and speed during landing.
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