Low approach proves fatal

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Plainville, Conn. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The  pilot was flying an approach to his home airport in daylight VFR conditions that terminated in a go-around. On the second approach, the airplane flew lower than normal. It hit a berm at the approach end of the runway, crashed and caught fire.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain the proper glidepath during final approach in visual meteorological conditions, resulting in collision with a berm.

NTSB Identification: ERA12FA483

This July 2012 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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