This May 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: Pitts Aerobatics S-2B. Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor. Location: Muskogee, Okla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The CFI and a private pilot were practicing stalls. The stalls were initiated at 3,000 feet AGL with recovery initiated by 1,500 feet AGL. During the third stall, the student recovered with a straight ahead descent when the airplane was at about 1,500 feet AGL. The airplane continued to descend. The CFI took control of the airplane between 800 and 1,000 feet AGL but was unable to recover the airplane to normal flight and it crashed in trees.
Probable cause: Inadequate supervision by the CFI, resulting in a delayed stall recovery attempt.
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