Delayed go-around for Bonanza

This April 2010 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: Beech 35. Injuries: None. Location: Boulder, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot was attempting to land his single-engine airplane in a crosswind. The airplane drifted to the right of the runway and touched down. The left wing lifted and the pilot reacted by adding power for a go-around, but he then determined that a go-around was not a suitable option and reduced engine power.

The airplane veered toward a fence and a road, so the pilot again added power in an attempt to lift the airplane over them. The left wing hit a telephone pole and a car. The pilot reduced power and the airplane skidded to a stop and remained upright on the landing gear.

The pilot reported no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane and stated that he failed to maintain control of the airplane after touchdown while attempting to land in a crosswind.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in a crosswind.

For more information: NTSB Identification: CEN10CA231



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