Go-around goes bad

This June 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 210.
Location: Denton, Mont.
Injuries: None.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a soft field. The touchdown was normal, but during the roll-out the pilot thought the wheels were sinking into the soil, so he applied full power and attempted to do a go-around. The airplane lifted off, but did not gain enough altitude to clear a fence at the end of the runway. The nosewheel snagged the fence, and the airplane flipped over.

Probable cause: The decision to abort the landing with insufficient runway available to guarantee obstruction clearance.

For more information: NTSB.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=20070710X00897&ntsbno=LAX07CA183&akey=1.

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