NTSB Identification: CEN12LA649
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Tell City, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/13/2014
Aircraft: BEECHCRAFT A23-24, registration: N3629Q
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 reported that he made a straight-in approach to the runway after about a 10-minute flight. He stated that there was no appreciable wind during the landing attempt, for which he had fully extended the wing flaps. He reported the airplane landed about one-third of the way down the runway and that after touchdown he retracted the wing flaps and applied brake pressure to slow the airplane. He stated that the airplane did not seem to decelerate normally during the landing roll, likely because of the downslope of the runway, so he elected to abort the landing. The pilot estimated that he increased engine power for the aborted landing as the airplane passed midfield and the airplane accelerated to liftoff speed while still on the runway; however, it did not clear a 10-foot high airport security fence that was located about 340 feet from the departure end of the runway. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A postaccident examination of the runway overrun area showed tire tracks consistent with the tire width of the accident airplane. The postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies with the airplane brake system that would have prevented normal operation. Landing performance calculations indicated that the airplane should have been able to stop within 1,000 feet of touchdown. Considering that the runway was 4,400 feet long, and given the existing calm wind and dry runway conditions, the pilot should have been able to stop the airplane on the available runway; thus it is likely that the airplane landed long on the runway.

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

The pilot’s improper touchdown point during landing and the resultant runway excursion during the aborted landing.

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