Third time is not the charm

This April 2007 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC.
Location: Porterville, Calif.
Injuries: 1 Minor.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. He made two approaches that terminated with go-arounds. On his third approach he made a poor landing and immediately initiated a go-around.

When he applied full power the airplane veered left and ran off the side of the runway. The land next to the runway was ploughed and the airplane nosed over when it hit the furrows.

No mechanical failures or malfunctions were uncovered in the investigation.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control.

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