NTSB Identification: CEN12LA645
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Branson, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N34722
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 accident occurred as the pilot attempted to make a night landing to a lighted runway. The pilot reported that he performed a go-around because the airplane was not properly aligned with the runway centerline; however, he was unable to maintain airplane control after losing external visual references in the dark night conditions. The airplane impacted the runway and a visual approach slope indicator before it descended into a steep wooded ravine. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control during an attempted go-around in dark night conditions.

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