On June 1, 2000, at 1930 Eastern Daylight Time, a Beech 19, N100RF, was substantially damage during an aborted landing at the Greenwood Lake Airport, West Milford, New Jersey. The certificated private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal local flight. A flight plan was not filed, and the flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the pilot, he was executing his third touch-and-go of the flight when the accident happened. The previous two touch-and-gos were completed without incident. On the third, he maneuvered the airplane for final, and established it on a "stabilized" approach for the runway-touch-down markers. The flaps were fully extended, and the airplane was trimmed for a "high" angle of attack. The pilot added that the approach was "slightly" steeper, and 2 to 3 knots faster, then the previous approaches, all the way to the flare.
The pilot initiated the flare, and the airplane began to float down the runway. Yoke back pressure was added, and the airplane climbed 2 to 3 feet higher. Fearing a hard landing, the pilot initiated a go-around, but before he could react, the airplane landed hard with a small bounce. After the bounce, and while the airplane was rolling unstabilized down the runway, the pilot continued with the go-around. He was not sure if he advanced the throttle and then retracted the flaps, or vice versa. He did remember not re-trimming the airplane for takeoff, or applying full right rudder when the airplane started to drift left.
While partially airborne, the airplane exited the left side of the runway, and the pilot aborted the go-around. After retarding the throttle, the airplane had enough speed to clear a small shallow ditch. After the ditch, the nose wheel contacted the ground, and the airplane nosed in.
The pilot reported the winds as "mostly calm." In addition, he made no mention of any mechanical failures or malfunction with the airplane.