NTSB Identification: CEN11CA647
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Pinckneyville, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/2011
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N9513C
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 departed on a cross-country flight and diverted to an alternate airport due to deteriorating weather conditions. The pilot reported that his airspeed on approach was too fast for the conditions, but he continued with the landing on the wet, short, turf runway. The airplane departed the runway and impacted a barbed wire fence, where it sustained substantial damage to its wings. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane prior to the accident flight.

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

The pilot's failure to conduct a go-around due to his excessive airspeed while on approach to land, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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