Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: San Antonio, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, as he touched down he felt turbulence and tailwind. He applied the brakes. When he realized that he was running out of runway, he applied the brakes harder but couldn’t stop the airplane before he ran out of runway and into the grass.
The mechanic who retrieved the airplane reported that he had to loosen the brake pads to allow the wheels to roll. He stated that it was not uncommon for an airplane’s brakes to lock up after heavy braking due to the high heat generated during heavy brake application.
Probable cause: The pilot’s misjudgment of the landing speed and the runway distance remaining and his delay in applying the brakes, which resulted in an overrun.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA057
This November 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.