This October 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 Tomahawk. Injuries: None. Location: Friant, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The purpose of the flight was for the student pilot to practice simulated engine failures under the direction of his CFI. The first three simulated engine failures were without mishap. On the fourth attempt the CFI allowed the aircraft to get no more than 100 feet above ground level before calling for a go-around. The student applied full power and pitched the airplane’s nose up, but was not quick enough to keep the airplane from making an unplanned hard landing.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to execute a go-around in timely manner, which resulted in a collision with terrain. Also causal was the instructor’s inadequate supervision of the flight and delayed remedial actions.
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