Low altitude stall for Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Andrews, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane had lifted off and was approximately 400 to 500 feet above ground when the engine lost power.

The pilot attempted to glide to the ground, but when the plane was about 100 feet AGL, it stalled, then crashed.

No pre-crash mechanical issues were found with the airframe.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed during an emergency descent following a loss of engine power, which resulted in an inadvertent stall.

NTSB Identification: CEN11LA204

This February 2011 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.


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