NTSB Identification: LAX02LA053.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, December 19, 2001 in San Diego, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna T210N, registration: N7AL
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The airplane landed long and continued off the end of the runway into a chain link fence. Nighttime darkness prevailed and the airport weather, observed 3 minutes after the accident, was visibility 1/4 statute mile, vertical visibility 100 feet, with temperature and dew point both 9 degrees Celsius. A sheriff's deputy reported from the accident site that the visibility was 50 to 100 yards in fog. The pilot reported that the accident occurred as he was returning to the departure airport following a 40-minute post maintenance checkflight. He received the airport weather from the Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) recording and was aware that ground fog had developed at the airport. He received air traffic clearance and executed the instrument landing system (ILS) approach. At decision height he was still in visual meteorological conditions and the runway and approach lighting were in sight. The pilot continued his descent below decision height by visual reference and encountered dense fog and severe restriction to visibility at 50 to 75 feet above ground level. The pilot did not feel a go-around was possible at that point and continued the landing approach, landing long on the runway and continuing off the end.

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

The pilot's failure to land on the runway with sufficient runway remaining as a result of his improper IFR procedure by his failure to maintain visual contact with the runway environment, and to execute a missed approach.

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