The solo student pilot was performing a touch-and-go landing and touched down too far down the runway at the airport in Tomball, Texas.
He trimmed the Cessna 172R, raised the flaps, and advanced the throttle for takeoff.
He became unsure of the runway distance remaining, so he reduced the throttle to idle and applied the brakes to abort the takeoff.
The brakes locked up several times while he kept the plane on the runway centerline.
Realizing it was not slowing enough, he lowered the flaps to 30° and pushed forward on the control yoke to add drag and decrease lift. The plane slowed, but not enough to stop it from going off the end of the runway and hitting trees.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the delay in aborting the takeoff, which resulted in the airplane going off the end of the runway and hitting trees.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA023
This October 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.