Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2008 Issue

July 30, 2008, West Chester, Penn., Eclipse Aviation EA500

The airplane sustained substantial damage at about 1830 Eastern time after running off the runway while landing. The airline transport pilot and the sole passenger were not injured. Day visual conditions prevailed. The pilot subsequently reported during a visual approach, he "set up for a normal approach" and "dropped gear" and "one notch of flaps." A short time later he selected landing flaps. He believed that he was "a little high" on the approach so he "dipped down." As he passed the runway threshold his speed was "a little high," but he thought it was manageable. After touchdown, he "got on the brakes" and felt the airplane skid, but decided not to "go around" due to the "distance left."

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