Long landing goes bad

This May 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 172.
Location: Shelby, Ohio.
Injuries: 1 Minor.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who landed about half way down the 3,174-foot runway, said he ran out of runway before he could bring the Cessna to a stop. The airplane went off the pavement and nose-first into a ditch. After the accident, the pilot determined that he had landed with a tailwind.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to properly achieve the correct touch down point, which resulted in a runway overrun and subsequent noseover into a ditch.

For more information: NTSB.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=20070606X00687&ntsbno=CHI07CA134&akey=1.

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