Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Gulf Shores, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: A flight instructor and student pilot were returning to the airport at the conclusion of a local training flight. The student made the landing approach. The airplane touched down hard and bounced.
The CFI directed the student to apply full engine power and initiate a go-around. After increasing engine power, the student continued to pull back on the control yoke and the plane subsequently stalled at an altitude of about 50 feet above the ground.
The flight instructor took the controls, but the plane was too low to properly recover and crashed.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper flight control inputs and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action during the attempted go-around, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA396
This June 2012 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.