NTSB Identification: CEN12LA362
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Mt. Vernon, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/18/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2510B
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 pilot was attempting to land on a grass strip with a tailwind. However, the airplane overshot the approach end of the runway by about 1,000 feet before it touched down; the pilot was unable to stop the airplane before it went off the runway and collided with trees. The pilot was operating without a valid medical certificate, and a review of his logbook revealed that his last logged flight occurred about 8 years before the accident. His most recent biennial flight review was about 19 years before the accident.

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

The pilot’s decision to continue the landing on a short grass runway with a tailwind after touching down beyond the touchdown point, and his subsequent failure to stop the airplane before colliding with trees off the end of that runway. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of recent flight experience.

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