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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA248
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Jean, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N796SP
Injuries: 3 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 pilot reported that he chose to make an emergency landing due to his passenger not being responsive. He added that, during the landing, he “shot over and ended up in the grass at the end of the runway.”
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
An automated weather observation station located about 16 miles northeast of the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 340° at 20 knots, gusting to 32 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 20.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s runway selection, which resulted in landing with a tailwind and an unstabilized approach and subsequent runway overrun.