Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Anadarko, Okla. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: According to a witness, the pilot’s first attempt to land resulted in the airplane bouncing. He did a go-around and entered the traffic pattern to land again.
According to witnesses on the ground, when the airplane turned from the base leg to final, the Piper appeared to be in a 90° bank. The airplane descended rapidly and crashed.
The prevailing wind, while relatively light, would have resulted in a tailwind during the base leg of the traffic pattern. Investigators noted that if a pilot does not compensate for such wind conditions, he could overshoot the turn from the base leg to final.
The circumstances of the accident are consistent with the pilot increasing the airplane’s bank angle to correct for overshooting the turn from base to final approach, resulting in an accelerated stall.
Probable cause: The pilot’s use of excessive bank angle while maneuvering in the airport.
NTSB Identification: CEN13FA051
This November 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.