On October 9, 1993, at 1815 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T-337E, N1244M, overran the end of the Flying M Airstrip, Yamhill, Oregon, and collided with a fence. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The airplane was substantially damaged and the certificated private pilot and his passenger were not injured. The flight had originated from Hillsboro, Oregon, on October 9, 1993 at 1745. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In a written statement, the pilot reported that he overflew the airstrip to determine the wind conditions. An approach was set up for a landing to the west, as this airstrip is published in the Airport/Facilities Directory to land to the west and takeoff to the east. The pilot stated that the approach and airspeed were normal and touch down was at or near the approach end of the runway. The airplane bounced slightly, and the pilot applied maximum braking action. The pilot stated that he realized that the airplane was not going to stop before the end of the runway and veered the airplane to the right, and then sharply to the left in an attempt to stop the airplane before it ran off the end of the airstrip and collided with a fence.
Witnesses in the area reported that the airplane landed long, approximately mid-field, on the 2,125 foot turf airstrip with a tailwind. The airplane was unable to stop on the strip before colliding with the fence.
The Cessna T-337E, Owner's Manual, Performance Data, states that the landing roll distance on a dry turf runway, in a no wind condition, would be 889 feet. The total distance to clear a 50 foot obstacle would be 2,096 feet.