This July 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 182. Injuries: None. Location: Metaline Falls, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that upon arriving at his intended destination he noted that the winds were light and variable but appeared to favor landing on runway 16. The runway measures 1,765 feet and has trees at the north end and a lake at the south end. The pilot stated that the airplane touched down long on the runway an,d despite applying the brakes, the airplane did not come to a stop before it went off the departure end of the runway and into the lake.
Probable cause: The pilot’s misjudged altitude and distance, which resulted in the airplane’s failure to attain the proper touchdown point and a landing overrun.
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