This December 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: Stinson 108-3. Injuries: None. Location: Clarksburg, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. His approach was high and fast. The airplane overran the runway and collided with blackberry bushes and a tree about 20-25 feet from the end of the runway. The firewall was substantially damaged.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper touchdown point and excessive airspeed during landing, which resulted in a runway overrun.
For more information: NTSB.gov; NTSB Identification: WPR10LA072