Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Farmville, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The purpose of the flight was for the pilot to regain his night currency. According to the pilot, he was attempting to land using the GPS approach.
The airplane was lined up on the runway centerline with the approach lights in sight. At 500 feet AGL, the pilot extended the wing flaps to the full down position. The airspeed suddenly decreased and the rate of descent increased.
The pilot added full power to arrest the descent, however, the airplane came down hard 2,000 feet short of the runway. The airplane bounced twice and then went off the side of the runway and came to rest in the grass.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain the proper approach path, which resulted in a runway undershoot.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA110
This December 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.