Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: None. Location: West Milford, N.J. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane bounced during the landing. He added power in an attempt to recover, then decided to perform a go-around.
He performed the go-around checklist, but inadvertently retracted the flaps to the zero degree, or “UP” position, instead of the required 20° flap position. The airplane settled onto the grass to the left of the runway, then continued into bushes and cement blocks located about 150 feet off the runway.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper full flap retraction while performing a go-around, which resulted in a loss of airplane control.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA414
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.