The pilot of the Beechcraft Baron was attempting to land at an airport in St. Paul, Minn. After touching down, he realized he had landed long, and was concerned about being able to bring the plane to a stop before he ran out of runway, so he initiated a go-around.
During climb-out, the pilot heard a “thump,” so he returned to the airport and landed the airplane.
The post-flight examination revealed that the right side of the lower fuselage and cockpit floor had been damaged beneath the co-pilot/right-front passenger seat.
It was determined that the Baron hit an airport sign off the runway’s right side during the climb-out.
The pilot and one passenger were not injured. A second passenger reported minor injuries.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a rejected landing, which resulted in a collision with an airport sign off the right side of the runway during the transition to the initial climb.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA579
This June 2015 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.