Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Suchez, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was intending to land on the 2,000-foot grass runway. He overflew the airstrip to check the windsock and flew an approach to the runway, but executed a go-around because the airplane was too high. He made a second approach.
The airplane touched down at a point 800 to 1,000 feet from the approach end of the runway at 90 mph, which was about 20 mph faster than normal.
He applied the brakes but the airplane would not stop. Because he was too far down the runway to perform a go-around, he continued on the ground with the brakes applied. The airplane went off the end of the runway and into a fence, through a ditch and into a field.
Probable cause: The failure of the pilot to initiate a go-around and his excessive airspeed on the final landing approach.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA273
This April 2011 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.