This February 2009 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: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Steamboat Springs, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot stated he obtained a full weather briefing and that there were no NOTAMs for snow or ice on the runways. The pilot executed the GPS approach to Runway 32. The runway had a displaced threshold and the pilot touched down 1,000 feet from end of the runway with an airspeed between 80 to 90 knots. The pilot said that he did not apply the brakes hard because he had been conditioned to be conservative with brakes to avoid overheating them. As the airplane passed a taxiway, he started applying the brakes. The plane hit a patch of ice and spun sideways to the right. He was able to regain directional control but the airplane was still traveling at approximately 50 knots and running out of runway. With approximately 800 to 1,000 feet of runway remaining, he attempted a go-around. As the plane lifted off, the landing gear hit a snow berm. The plane flipped onto its back and came to rest about 50 feet beyond the end of the runway.
Probable cause: The failure to apply brakes in a timely manner while landing on a snow-packed, ice-covered runway, and his delay in executing a go-around.
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