Aircraft: Cessna Cardinal. Injuries: None. Location: Honesdale, Penn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot had the airplane configured for landing with 30° of flaps. The asphalt runway measured 2,420 foot.
Normal airspeed for landing is 70 mph, but the Cardinal was indicating 85 to 90 mph.
After touchdown, the pilot realized there was insufficient runway remaining to bring the airplane to a stop. He added power and raised the flaps for a go-around, but the plane did not have enough altitude to clear trees at the end of the runway.
Probable cause: The pilot’s excessive airspeed during final approach and his delayed decision to abort the landing, resulting in an in-flight collision with trees during the go-around.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA020
This October 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.