NTSB Identification: LAX05CA235.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 14, 2005 in TwentyninePalms, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Cessna T210M, registration: N210NS
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane overran the runway's end and skidded into a block wall during a downwind landing. Prior to takeoff, the pilot had spoken with the airstrip's owner who reported that the wind was calm. Upon arriving at the airport, the pilot made a straight-in approach to runway 09 without first verifying the local wind direction. Runway 27 was available for use. The airport was equipped with windsocks that were at the approach ends of both runways, and witnesses said the winds were from the west at approximately 15 knots. The pilot said that during rollout about midway down the runway, the airplane seemed to accelerate. There was insufficient remaining runway on the 2,000-foot-long dirt airstrip to go-around, so the pilot applied brakes. The airplane impacted the block wall at 20 mph. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions.

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

the pilot's failure to verify the current local wind condition that resulted in his selection of the wrong runway and an inadvertent downwind landing, a runway overrun and a ground collision with objects. A factor in the accident was the short runway and its dirt surface, which reduced brake effectiveness.

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