NTSB Identification: ERA10CA278
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 24, 2010 in East Haddam, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N169ER
Injuries: 4 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.

According to the pilot, he was attempting to land on runway 32, a 2,120-foot-long, 50-foot-wide, asphalt runway, when he realized he was going to land "long," and attempted a go-around. He applied full throttle; however, the airplane touched down about halfway down the runway, and veered to the left. The airplane departed the left side of runway, and came to rest on grass about 75 feet from the runway. The nose gear separated and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and right horizontal stabilizer. The pilot stated that he did not experience any mechanical anomalies during the flight. He reported about 175 hours of total flight experience, all accumulated in the same make and model as the accident airplane. He also reported that winds at the time of the accident were from 200 degrees at 5 knots.

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

The pilot's delayed decision to attempt a go-around, and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control while landing.

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