The pilot of the Beech Musketeer was undergoing a flight review at the airport in La Grande, Ore. There was a passenger in the back seat. As the airplane overflew the airport, the CFI simulated an engine failure by pulling the throttle to idle.
The pilot initiated a spiral descent to traffic pattern altitude and entered the downwind leg for the runway. As he turned towards the runway he inadvertently stalled the plane about 200 feet above the ground.
The CFI took over the flight controls but could not stop the plane from hitting the ground hard enough to break off the right main landing gear. The airplane bounced back into the air.
The CFI climbed to a safe altitude, then made a landing on the grass next to the runway. No one was hurt.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain control and the CFI’s failure to monitor the pilot during a simulated emergency landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA261
This June 2015 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.