This April 2007 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 182.
Location: Marietta, Okla.
Injuries: 2 Minor.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, a 27,500-hour airline transport pilot, was attempting to land on a 2,450 x 55-feet wide turf runway. He told investigators that when he lined up for the straight-in approach, he noticed that the northern half of the runway appeared to have been graded. He failed to notice the large white X on the approach end of the runway.
The airplane’s touchdown and landing roll was normal about 500 to 600 feet down the grass portion. When the Cessna entered the graded area the airplane bounced slightly, slowed, then flipped onto its nose.
The pilot stated that prior to departure he checked the weather and the airport information on AirNav.com on the Internet. He stated that the NOTAM section would not open on the website and he did not check any other sources.
Probable cause: The airplane’s noseover in terrain unsuitable for landing due to the pilot’s failure to obtain current NOTAM information on the closed airport.
For more information: ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20070503X00509&key=1.