This July 2008 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.
Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Middletown, R.I. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: A CFI, a student pilot and the student pilot’s wife were in the airplane. The student was practicing touch and go landings on the 2,999-foot runway. During the approach prior to the accident, the airplane was high. It touched down long, then lifted off again. During the next approach, the airplane touched down about 2,000 feet from the runway threshold and lifted off again. According to witnesses the wings were rocking during the climb-out. The airplane turned left, never rising above the trees. It crashed in the trees.
Probable cause: The flight instructor’s failure to initiate a go-around during a high approach, and his inadequate remedial action during an attempted touch-and-go.
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