NTSB Identification: NYC97LA094.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 16, 1997 in RED HOOK, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 182P, registration: N7322S
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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The airplane overran the runway and collided with trees during landing. The pilot reported that while landing he encountered strong, gusty winds. The pilot estimated the winds were from 270 to 290 degrees at a velocity of 15 knots. He stated that just prior to touchdown, the airplane encountered a gust '..from 290 that made the plane balloon.' According to the pilot, when the airplane settled to the runway the brakes locked, causing the plane to swerve onto the grass. He stated, 'I was able to steer it back to the runway but couldn't stop it before it went over the end of the runway and down the bank.' The airplane continued down the embankment and collided with trees. When asked how the accident could have been prevented, the pilot reported that 'the accident was a result of a failure to initiate a go-around procedure. The failure should have been avoided by having present in my mind pre-set parameters (maximum acceptable touchdown point) which should lead to an automatic decision to go around, avoiding the temptation to try to 'save' the landing simply because the wheels are on the ground. Training to this effect should be emphasized.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper compensation for the wind conditions and his failure to initiate a go-around. Full narrative available
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