Night approach goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Oshkosh, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were on final approach at the completion of a local night instructional flight.

The CFI was to demonstrate the proper pitch attitude and sight picture needed for a landing at night. On short final, just before touchdown, the airplane drifted off the runway centerline to the left. The airplane touched down and continued to move to the left.

The CFI stated that there was insufficient room to safely perform a go-around and the airplane went off the side of the runway, despite his attempts to get the airplane back on the centerline. The Cessna hit a runway light.

Probable cause: The flight instructor’s loss of directional control during landing, which resulted in a collision with a runway light.

NTSB Identification: CEN12CA510

This August 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.Aircraft: Cessna 172.

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