NTSB Identification: CEN11CA564
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 11, 2011 in Rockwall, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/2011
Aircraft: BEECH 35-C33, registration: N12CA
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 pilot was returning to his home airport and obtained the automated weather information from a nearby airport. The pilot misinterpreted the wind direction, which was from 010 degrees at 9 knots, as 110 degrees at 9 knots. As a result, the pilot landed long on runway 17 with a left quartering tailwind, bounced, and tried to turn onto a taxiway with too much speed. The pilot was unable to slow the airplane down and subsequently went off the end of the runway into a construction zone. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the firewall and left wing spar were substantially damaged. No mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation were noted with the airplane or its systems.

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

The pilot's loss of control while landing with a tailwind due to his misinterpretation of the wind conditions.

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