According to the pilot, he landed at the airport in Pensacola, Florida, with a left crosswind with about the final third of the 3,200′ runway remaining.
He reported that his ground speed was too fast, and after his initial brake application, he increased brake pressure and his right shoe became “stuck between the right pedal and the toe brake.”
The Piper PA-28 veered to the right and departed the right side of the runway, hitting a runway light before it ran into a creek where it came to rest.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount.
According to the METAR located 3 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 310° at 12 knots, gusting to 19 knots. The pilot landed on Runway 36.
Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control and long landing in gusting wind conditions due to his shoe getting stuck on the brakes.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA218
This April 2018 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.