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NTSB Identification: ERA16CA308
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 29, 2016 in Simsbury, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/2017
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N9352S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that he was preparing for his private pilot check ride, and after about 90 minutes of flying, he approached the airport and entered the traffic pattern for runway 21, a 2,205-ft-long runway. The student pilot added that, while established on “short final,” he chose to perform a go-around because he was not “comfortable” with the approach. On the second landing attempt, the airplane floated past the intended touchdown point before landing on the runway, and the student pilot was unable to stop the airplane before it went off the departure end. Subsequently, the airplane struck a perimeter fence and an embankment, which resulted in the nose landing gear collapsing and substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The winds reported at an airport 4 miles east of the accident location were from 320° at 7 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot’s failure to attain the proper touchdown point, which resulted in a runway overrun.