Aircraft: Cessna 175. Injuries: None. Location: Spearfish, S.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot thought the airplane was too fast and too high on the first approach to the private airstrip, so he elected to perform a go-around.
During the second approach, the plane encountered a crosswind, and he decided to abort the landing. He applied power, lowered the flaps and pitched for a climb.
While maneuvering, the airplane encountered a downdraft and rising terrain. He decided to abort the go-around and land.
The airplane hit a roadway berm, which tore off the landing gear. The airplane came to rest upright and caught fire.
The pilot and passenger exited the airplane and the pilot attempted to extinguish the fire, but was unsuccessful, and the airplane was destroyed.
Probable cause: The pilot’s delayed decision to abandon the landing attempt, which resulted in the airplane colliding with rising terrain.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA658
This August 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.