NTSB Identification: FTW89LA094.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39350.
Accident occurred Friday, May 19, 1989 in HARRAH, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N1275C
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 PLT STATED THAT WHILE LNDG ON A SOD STRIP, THE ACFT VEERED LEFT AFTER IT HAD TOUCHED DOWN. HE OVERCORRECTED & THE ACFT ENTERED TALL GRASS ON THE RGT SIDE OF THE STRIP. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO GO-AROUND, BUT CHANGED HIS MIND BECAUSE HE DID NOT BELIEVE THE ACFT WOULD CLEAR TREES AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT HIT A BERM & TREES, WHICH RESULTED IN ACFT DAMAGE. THE PLT HAD LESS THAN 1 HR OF FLT TIME IN THIS MAKE & MODEL OF ACFT.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INADVERTENT GROUND SWERVE; AND HIS IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION (INDECISION) CONCERNING AN ATTEMPTED GO-AROUND. THE PILOT'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN THE TYPE OF AIRCRAFT AND THE HIGH VEGETATION, BERM, AND TREES WERE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.

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