After an uneventful departure, climb, and cruise, the pilot performed a standard 45° entry into the traffic pattern at the high elevation airport in Big Bear, Calif.
The Cessna 182Q descended low during the final approach, and the pilot applied full forward throttle control. The engine responded, however the descent was not arrested as he expected.
The nosewheel then struck the airport perimeter fence, and the plane came to rest against the side of the runway.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall, lower fuselage, and right wing, while the pilot and a passenger sustained minor injuries.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain a stabilized landing approach, which resulted in a collision with a fence short of the runway.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA428
This August 2013 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.