NTSB Identification: CEN12CA510
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 01, 2012 in Oshkosh, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/12/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N462TR
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.

The airplane was on final approach to land after the completion of a local night instructional flight. The flight instructor was to demonstrate the proper pitch attitude and sight picture needed for a landing at night. On short final, just before touchdown, the airplane drifted off of the runway centerline to the left. Upon touchdown the airplane was still moving toward the left side of the runway. The instructor stated that with the low energy state of the airplane there was not enough room to perform a go-around safely. The airplane then exited the runway as he applied flight control inputs to correct back to the centerline. Upon exiting the runway, the airplane impacted a runway light on the lower portion of the right wing strut attach point, resulting in structural damage to the strut. The instructor reported that the accident could have been prevented if positive control was maintained during the landing phase of the flight.

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

The flight instructor’s loss of directional control during landing, which resulted in a collision with a runway light.

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