I don't know what obstacles or poor surface was along the pilot's path in the thousand feet preceding contact with the tree, but if it was at all landable, that plane should have been landed under control 1000 - 500 feet earlier, rather than crashed out of control after a much too far stretched glide. The pilot was very lucky with such wonderful energy absorption, without that unsuspecting tree as an arrestor, that would have been a brutal hit on the ground!
With regards to "got away on him" comment:
1000ft down rwy 2 /20M has veered 90-100deg left to about 280-290M (cessna's direction as video begins), calculated from photo evidence above. If not mistaken as the video begins is fighting a dropped left wing with late right rudder .. hence the sharp left turn off the active as the attempt to "goaround" initiates. VRB 3kts 11am/12am metar / Hartford Sept11
It hooks with left wing low just at the point of the final "wallowy" left bank into a stall / spin. No chance to steer for the tree, it just happened to be where it needed to be for this happy ending. Thankfully the impact wasn't hard enough for serious injury or fire.
Winds given "VRB 3kts" at Hartford (closest official metar NE of Plainville), for the duration of two metars. 4B8/Meridan airport at 20km south (comes up for Plainville wx info) is 020/8kts before the accident and VRB-4kts after, where ESE 4kts shows up at closer stations near the time of the accident. The closest wx station to the SW on west side of the rwy has 4kt westerly component at 11:29 .... which suggests possibly 'into wind' on impact with the tree. Nothing recorded right at the airport, yet one close wx station NW of the active shows 10kts NE/ENE; so is some kind of inversion around there. At one point during steeper descent/approach maybe also have needed some 'right wing low/left rudder' ... in which case the go around/full-power needs heavier/opposite right rudder. Happens fast .. as flaps not yet retracted in the video ..
The aircraft was "cushioned" / protected from a freefall/impact from 50ft altitude at flying speed in the mere second of tangling 180degrees around and down this trunk with the inner half of its 90degree-banked wing.
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