NTSB Identification: ERA10LA322
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 20, 2010 in West Milford, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N738QZ
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 commercial pilot was performing a forward slip maneuver during landing when the student pilot-rated passenger pushed on the control yoke which resulted in a descent that reached an indicated airspeed of 100 knots. The student pilot did not relinquish the controls to the commercial pilot until the airplane touched down. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane on the remaining runway. It overran the paved surface, went through a perimeter fence, and came to rest on a rocky incline. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The student pilot’s control interference which resulted in a landing with a higher than normal airspeed, and the commercial pilot’s failure to initiate a go-around to avoid the runway overrun.

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