This May 2008 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 T182. Injuries: 3 Minor. Location: Newport, R.I. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that while approaching the airport, he checked the weather and observed the winds to be from 010° at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots. He reported that based on this weather observation he mistakenly chose to land on runway 22, which is 2,999 feet long. During the landing approach the pilot reported that the airplane was not descending as it normally did, and that he was unable to “get it down.” The plane touched down about mid-point on the runway and bounced three times. The pilot then attempted to abort the landing by applying full power and performing a go-around. The airplane climbed approximately 30 feet above the ground then began to drift left. It then descended and collided with swampy terrain beyond the end of the runway. The pilot and both passengers reported hearing the stall warning horn sound continuously during the go-around sequence. The recorded wind at the airport, about the time of the accident, was from 020° at 15 knots, gusting to 21 knots.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed during a go-around. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s improper weather evaluation and a tailwind.
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