Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Chehalis, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a flight review. While performing a simulated engine-out forced landing at a non-controlled airport the pilot did not manage the glide profile in a manner that allowed him to glide all the way to the approach end of the runway.
The airplane touched down in a grassy area about 300 feet short of the runway threshold. At the point of touchdown, the airplane’s stabilator hit a piece of rebar that had been placed in the ground to mark the location of a future airport lighting system component. The rebar was outside of the boundary of the runway safety area.
The CFI who was giving the flight review stated that he did not suggest to the pilot that he add power, because it appeared to him that the grassy area was clear.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inability to correctly manage his glide profile during a simulated engine-out forced landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR12LA087
This January 2012 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.