NTSB Identification: WPR11CA413
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 29, 2011 in Atlanta, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/01/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N8698U
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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, on short final approach in his low performance airplane, he realized that his approach path was too high, so he attempted to go around. After full engine power was applied, he recognized that he had insufficient distance from the approaching trees and terrain to perform a go-around. Therefore, he aborted the maneuver and forced the airplane onto the ground in a clearing beyond the departure end of the runway. The airplane impacted the ground hard, breaking the wing and fuselage structure. The pilot reported that he was unfamiliar with the airport, and he had not read the Federal Aviation Administration’s published remarks for the airport in its Airport Facility Directory. The remarks state, in part, that the airport is recommended for use by “mountain proficient pilots using high performance aircraft.” It also states “no go-around due to rising terrain and trees.” Nine-thousand foot mountains are located within 5 miles from northwest through southeast of the 5,500-foot mean sea level airport.

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

The pilot’s misjudgment of his final approach path. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning.

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