The pilot reported that, during approach to Runway 16 on the private airstrip in Monument Valley, Utah, the electronic primary flight display reported the wind from the south at 16 knots.
He added that, during landing, the Beech 36 touched down, but it quickly veered to the left. He added power to correct.
He told investigators “the addition of power was enough to lift the airplane slightly, but not to take off again,” so after he floated a short distance, the airplane “landed again off the side of the runway.”
The nose landing gear collapsed in the dirt and the plane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control and runway heading during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and the nose landing gear collapsing.
“Low time and lots of recent dual indicates working on an instrument rating? Perhaps no recent dedicated landing practice? Many pilots in IFR training forget how to land. How was airspeed control? Did this pilot land long or float down the runway due to excessive speed (stabilized approach rules apply). Always be ready to go around. “
This April 2019 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.