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N74LW accident description

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Crash location 38.427778°N, 92.875278°W
Nearest city Versailles, MO
38.431414°N, 92.841027°W
1.9 miles away
Tail number N74LW
Accident date 22 Sep 2003
Aircraft type Cessna 182P
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On September 22, 2003, at 1100 central daylight time, a Cessna 182P, N74LW, nosed over following an overrun while landing on runway 7 (2,805 feet by 39 feet, wet asphalt) at the Roy Otten Memorial Airfield (3VS), Versailles, Missouri. The private pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The flight originated from the East Kansas City Airport, Grain Valley, Missouri, at 1030.

The pilot reported that his approach was higher than normal because of trees at the end of the runway and the airspeed was too fast. He stated the runway was wet and the airplane skidded when he applied brakes after touching down. He released the brakes to straighten the airplane's heading, then he reapplied the brakes. He reported the airplane traveled off the end of the runway into the wet grass which "did not present much braking action." The airplane continued across an airport service road and into a ditch. The nose gear collapsed upon contacting the ditch and the airplane nosed over.

The Airport Facility Directory notes trees as an obstruction for runway 7 at 3VS. The website states there are 23 foot tall trees 225 feet from the approach end of runway 7, and 40 feet right of the runway centerline. It also states 1 to 18 foot tall brush and trees are present 100 to 200 feet from the approach end of the runway.

The winds reported at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport (JEF), 40 statue miles northeast of 3SV, at 1053, were form 280 degrees at 8 knots.

The winds reported at the Sedalia Memorial Airport (DMO), 25 statue miles northwest of 3SV, at 1053, were from 270 degrees at 5 knots.

The pilot reported the local winds were light and variable out of the north.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot touched down with excessive airspeed. Factors associated with the accident were the trees, the wet runway, the wet grass that the airplane traveled onto, and the ditch which the airplane contacted.

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