NTSB Identification: ATL92LA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46327.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 27, 1992 in HUNTSVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/12/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N8198L
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PRIVATE PILOT WAS RETURNING TO HIS SHORT (1200 FEET), PRIVATE, GRASS AIRSTRIP. HE DID NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT A TAILWIND OF ABOUT 10 KNOTS; HE ALSO FLEW THE FINAL APPROACH ABOUT 5 KNOTS FASTER THAN NORMAL. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, HE WAS NOT ABLE TO BRING THE AIRCRAFT TO A STOP IN THE REMAINING RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH PERIMETER TREES, RESULTING IN STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE AIRFRAME. THE PILOT REPORTED NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE AIRCRAFT DURING THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR THE WIND CONDITIONS AT THE AIRSTRIP, AND THE EXCESSIVE AIRSPEED ON FINAL APPROACH. A FACTOR WAS THE PREVAILING TAILWIND AT THE AIRSTRIP.

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