NTSB Identification: FTW92LA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47319.
Accident occurred Monday, July 13, 1992 in NACOGDOCHES, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N3425T
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 AIRPLANE LANDED LONG AND PORPOISED AFTER THE FLAPS WERE RETRACTED. THE PILOT APPLIED ABOUT 2 DECONDS OF THROTTLE THEN WENT TO IDLE WHEN HE SAW TREES APPROXIMATELY 1,000 FEET AHEAD OF THE AIRPLANE. THE AIRPLANE PORPOISED AGAIN AND THE PILOT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. IT VEERED OFF THE RUNWAY, WENT THROUGH HEAVY BRUSH, AND IMPACTED A TREE WITH THE LEFT WING. THE PILOT STATED HE HAD LANDED LONG BECAUSE THE AIRPLANE WAS TOO HIGH AND TOO FAST DURING THE APPROACH TO THE 3,100 FEET AIRSTRIP. HE ESTIMATED HE TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 1,800 FEET DOWN THE RUNWAY. THIS LEFT 1,300 FEET OF RUNWAY REMAINING PLUS 500 FEET OF SAFETY AREA BEFORE THE TREE LINE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. FACTORS WERE THE INADVERTENT PORPOISE OF THE AIRPLANE AND THE PILOT'S LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN THE TYPE AIRPLANE.
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