FTW99LA259
FTW99LA259

On September 12, 1999, at 1700 central daylight time, a Cessna 182J airplane, N2751F, was substantially damaged when it overran the runway and impacted a fence and a ditch during landing roll at the Le Maire Memorial Airport near Jeanerette, Louisiana. The commercial pilot and 3 parachutists were not injured, and one parachutist sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 parachute activity flight. The local flight originated from the Le Maire Memorial Airport about 10 minutes before the accident.

The pilot reported in the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), that after climbing to 1,500 feet msl, he saw an approaching thunderstorm and returned to the airport to land on runway 21. The pilot stated that when he arrived at the airport there was a 90-degree crosswind. He estimated that the wind was 120 degrees at 25 knots, with 5-10 knot gusts. The pilot further reported that as the airplane touched down, "a gust of wind kept the wheels from settling so I could not brake effectively," and the aircraft ran off the end of the runway into a fence and ditch. The pilot also reported that he "did not go around because of the possibility of getting caught in the convective activity of the thunderstorm."

According to the FAA inspector, who responded to the accident site, the "airplane landed long on runway 21" and overran the departure end of the 3,000- foot-long runway. The airplane continued through a fence and impacted a ditch. The airplane came to rest upright in the ditch in about 5-10 feet of water. Examination of the airplane revealed that the left wing spar was bent aft.

At 1653, the wind at the Acadiana Regional Airport, located 14 miles northwest of the accident site, was from 360 degrees at 5 knots.

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