This January 2009 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: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Sellersburg, Ind. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot, accompanied by a flight instructor, was attempting to takeoff. Shortly after liftoff the airplane turned slightly into the wind, climbed out of ground effect, then stalled. The flight instructor immediately assumed control of the airplane and attempted to recover from the stall, but lacked sufficient altitude. The airplane landed nose first and bounced several times.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall at a low altitude. An additional cause was the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action.
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