Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident occurred as the pilot attempted to make a night landing on a lighted runway. He reported that the plane was not properly aligned with the runway centerline, so he performed a go-around. During the go-around he lost control after losing external visual references in the dark.
The airplane crashed on the runway and a visual approach slope indicator then went down a steep wooded ravine.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control during an attempted go-around in dark night conditions.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA645
This August 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.