Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chester, Conn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was trying to land. The first two approaches terminated in go-arounds. On the third approach he felt that the airplane was high and fast, but decided to try to land anyway. The Cherokee touched down and overran the runway, going off the pavement and into a fence.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to execute a go-around following an approach that was high and fast, which resulted in a runway overrun.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA436
This July 2012 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.