Delayed decision bends Cardinal

Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: None. Location: Boone, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land, overflew the runway to determine the wind direction and velocity. He entered the traffic pattern on the downwind leg, extended the flaps and maintained an airspeed of 80 mph.

His approach was a little high and the airplane touched down on the runway further down than he anticipated. He added power to abort the landing, but there was not enough runway remaining to take off again.

The plane went off the end of the runway and into a ditch.

Probable cause: The pilot’s delay in executing a go-around.

NTSB Identification: ERA11CA346

This June 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.

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