The student pilot was attempting to land the Cessna 172 at Gila Bend, Ariz., when the airplane drifted to the left.
He applied full power for a go-around. The airplane continued to the left during the go-around, hitting a tree on the left side of the runway, and then crashed.
The pilot received minor injuries.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the student pilot’s failure to maintain control during an attempted go-around.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA152
This March 2013 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.