The pilot reported that the Cessna 140 bounced on landing at the airport in Jonesboro, Ark., and encountered a wind gust after it ascended above the corn crop that bordered the runway.
He aborted the landing attempt when he realized he was unable to regain control of the airplane with enough runway remaining to ensure a safe landing. However, the plane hit a fence and a field at the end of the airstrip.
The pilot noted the accident could have been prevented if he had discontinued the landing attempt immediately after the bounced landing.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s improper flare and recovery from a bounced landing and his delay in performing an aborted landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA454
This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.