The pilot reported that during the approach to the airport in Poplar Grove, Illinois, he landed short of the runway and hit a snowbank.
The Beech P35 sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.
The pilot reported that during the approach, an airplane that landed in front of him appeared to stop on the runway to turn back for the midfield taxiway. He told investigators he was “focused on the airplane in front of him, instead of flying his airplane.”
Probable Cause: The pilot’s distraction and his failure to maintain a proper glidepath on the approach, which resulted in him landing short of the runway and impacting a snowbank.
To download the final report. Click here. This will trigger a PDF download to your device.
This January 2021 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.