NTSB Identification: CEN11CA004
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 01, 2010 in Wabash, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/16/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N2140E
Injuries: 2 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 certificated flight instructor (CFI) and student had been practicing touch-and-go landings and were planning a full-stop landing. The airplane touched down on the grass airstrip slightly faster than normal and approximately 100 feet beyond the approach end of the runway. The CFI took authority of the airplane's controls and applied brakes. As the airplane approached the end of the runway, the CFI applied left rudder to avoid a ditch in front of the airplane. Subsequently, the right main landing gear went into the ditch and the airplane flipped over. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the vertical stabilizer and rudder were bent. The CFI reported that there were no preimpact mechanical anomalies with the airplane. He further stated that they should have landed on the adjacent asphalt runway or performed a go-around after overshooting the final approach leg during the landing.

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

The student pilot's failure to maintain proper airspeed during the landing and certificated flight instructor's failure to execute a go-around.

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