Cirrus pilot overshoots

.Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Fall City, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial

What reportedly happened: According to the private pilot, during the initial climb to cruise flight the airplane began to lose power and the low engine oil light illuminated.

He diverted to a nearby airport. The first approach to the runway terminated with a go-around due to high airspeed. The pilot reported that the airspeed for the second approach to the runway was “correct,” however the plane touched down near the midpoint of the 3,000-foot runway. He was unable to stop the airplane in the remaining distance and it went off the runway and into trees.

The pilot reported no engine power anomalies during the go-around and ensuing approach. An operational test run of the engine and post-accident examination of the airplane, including data recovered from the multi-function display, did not show any mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation and the engine performed to production test standards.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate approach planning and failure to achieve the proper touchdown point, which resulted in a runway overrun.

NTSB Identification: WPR11FA407

This August 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.


  1. Mooney 9242V says

    A couple of hours a year in dual instruction on emergeny procedures may have prevented this accident. The pilots medical certificate didn’t prevent the accident. Ask the pilot where the greater value was, a third class medical certificate or some dual instruction annually on emergency procedures! Flight training reduces the likelihood of accidents, a third class medical certificate makes OK City feel good. Which do you want?

    • says

      Mr. Mooney: Typical! With regard to “higher performance” birds with 85-90+ knt (in the slot) final approach speeds – better a little longer (planned) final to get “organized” (airspeed/altitude) right. If NOT “on the money” by a half mile final – decision SHOULD be made THEN to GO AROUND – not while rolling out on a long touchdown point resulting in an “Oh _hit!” As you eluted to; “tough love” proficiency (dual) training annually!

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