NTSB Identification: ERA12CA464
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 16, 2012 in Brevard, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA32-301FT, registration: N813TC
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.

While on final approach to land, the pilot noticed a tree that was located near the end of the runway. To avoid the tree, he “stayed high” until he cleared the approach end of the runway and then attempted to “drop quickly” to the field. The airplane touched down on the left main landing gear roughly 2,000 feet beyond the threshold of the 2,900-foot-long runway, and the pilot applied the brakes. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane before it overran the runway. The right main landing gear struck an airport sign, and the airplane came to rest in brambles 100 feet beyond the departure end of the runway. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the airplane’s firewall was substantially damaged. During the examination, no evidence of any preexisting mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation was discovered. During a postaccident interview, the pilot stated that, after the accident, he discovered that the tree he had attempted to avoid was actually located to the right of the runway.

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

The pilot’s failure to execute a go-around following an approach that was high and fast, which resulted in a runway overrun.

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