No go-around poor decision

This May 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: Cessna 182. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Oliver Springs, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at a private airport. She had contacted the airport operator several days before the accident to obtain permission to land. The operator informed the pilot that the runway, aligned 15/33, was turf and briefed her on the hazards associated with it.

He recommended she make her approach to runway 15, due to a 15-foot drop-off into a stream at the end of 33. She configured the plane for landing to runway 15.

Her approach was fast and high and she made a go-around when the plane was halfway down the runway. She climbed out on the runway heading, made a 180° turn and initiated an approach to runway 33. The airplane touched down on the last third of the runway. She applied brakes, then realized that she would be unable to stop, so she applied full power to do a go-around, however the airplane went off the drop-off and into the stream.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to execute a go-around, which resulted in a long landing, runway overrun, and the airplane’s subsequent descent into a stream.

For more information: NTSB Identification: ERA10CA288


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