NTSB Identification: IAD97LA072.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 05, 1997 in WESTMINISTER, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1999
Aircraft: Cessna 172H, registration: N3748F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The private pilot's initial landing attempt resulted in a go around on the 1,845 foot long runway, with a 278 foot displaced threshold and a greater than 2% downward incline starting at midfield. On his second attempt, the pilot estimated the touchdown point was about 300 feet from the numbers, and the airplane continued to the end of the runway even with constant braking. The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector reported that the airplane touched down about midfield, and drifted off the runway during rollout. Braking was attempted with one main wheel on the pavement and the other wheel on the grass. The brakes were locked as the airplane went off the runway, down the embankment, and flipped over.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot misjudged landing distance on the runway and his failure to perform a go-around.

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