Go-around goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 2 Minor. Location: Statesville, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The CFI and student took off from a private grass strip and climbed to 800 feet and turned to the left. The CFI reduced the power to simulate an engine out, and the student pilot turned back towards the grass strip to land.

During the final approach, the airplane encountered a tailwind. During an attempt to go-around, the airplane collided with trees at the end of the runway.

Probable cause: The CFI’s inadequate remedial action during the go-around, which resulted in a collision with trees.

NTSB Identification: ERA11CA205

This March 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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