Aircraft: Rans S-12. Injuries: None. Location: Festus, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: Neither the student pilot nor his instructor had flown the airplane before the accident flight. The student pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was receiving flight instruction toward a sport-pilot license.
The CFI reported that the airplane was high on final approach so he told the student pilot to perform a go-around. The airplane was about 50 feet above the runway when the student pilot applied full power.
The airplane entered a steep left climbing turn. The student pilot overcorrected and the airplane then entered a steep right turn.
The CFI took the controls as the airplane was approaching an imminent aerodynamic stall/spin but could not get control of the airplane before the stall/spin happened. The airplane collided with trees.
The CFI said that the accident could have been prevented had he assumed direct control of the airplane sooner instead of providing verbal corrective actions to the student pilot.
Probable cause: The CFI’s delayed remedial action as the airplane neared an aerodynamic stall/spin. Contributing to the accident was that the student pilot did not maintain adequate airspeed during the go-around attempt.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA102
This December 2011 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.