Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Park Falls, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the student pilot, the airplane was on final approach when it encountered unexpected wind. The pilot decided to abort the landing.
During the attempted go-around, the plane encountered a right quartering tailwind, which blew it off the runway and into terrain.
The student pilot said that the accident could have been prevented if he had maintained sufficient airspeed during final approach.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during an aborted landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN11CA290
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.