This September 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: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Sibley, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in calm winds. The airplane touched down more than one third of the way down the runway at about 105 knots with 10° of flaps. Normal landing speed is about 75 knots. The pilot realized that the speed was too fast and performed an aborted landing by retracting flaps and adding full power. The airplane did not become airborne. Instead, it hit a traffic sign.
Probable cause: The pilot’s long and fast landing and her delayed decision to execute a go-around.
For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: CEN09CA599