Low altitude stall for Cessna 150

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Gulf Shores, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were returning to the airport at the conclusion of a local training flight. The student made the landing approach. The airplane touched down hard and bounced.

The CFI directed the student to apply full engine power and initiate a go-around. After increasing engine power, the student continued to pull back on the control yoke and the plane subsequently stalled at an altitude of about 50 feet above the ground.

The flight instructor took the controls, but the plane was too low to properly recover and crashed.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper flight control inputs and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action during the attempted go-around, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA396

This June 2012 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.


  1. Sleepy says

    Pilots are not nurses. Least not all of them. Wait I heard something like that before? But needing a 3rd Class to crash is funny. Not that I take any pleasure in any of our brethren misfortunes. But still?………. Glad they are ok. Hope better days are ahead.

    • says

      Yes, there is no pleasure in any of our brethren misfortunes, but those of us who were taught to be cautious, would have, I am sure, during the go-round, either would have took over, and used it as a demonstration or monitored it a bit more closely. But happy that both well and learned something from the experience.

  2. Bluestar says

    Many of these flight instructors are just fresh pilots themselves, still in training to get a career moving. You have to think one step ahead, after all, as an instructor it’s your life to on the line too.

  3. Tom says

    The flight instructor’s delayed remedial action?????????

    Nurse! Nurse! Test this instructor’s remedial action reflexes on the remedial action medical machine. We surely can protect the public with the 3rd class medical – just give us more control of the pilots – we can save the community from falling airplanes!

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