The flight instructor had the non-certified student pilot performing touch-and go-landings in Morrilton, Ark. The student had applied for, but not received, a student pilot certificate.
She told investigators that she studied Gleim FAA Test Preparation since her first flight and believed that her flight instructor’s “diligent” flight training, along with the Gleim material, prepared her for her first solo. The student pilot had logged 12.5 hours at the time of the accident.The student’s CFI instructed her to do touch and goes. The first touch and go was fine, but during the second landing, while the CFI was talking to the student over the radio, the plane veered off the runway and nosed over.
The plane lacked shoulder restraints and the student pilot was injured when her face hit the instrument panel.
Upon review of the student pilot’s logbook it was determined that the majority of the student pilot’s training was in takeoffs and landings, and training logbook entries indicated that she was not in compliance with the minimum regulatory pre-solo training requirement, of which there are 15 areas the student must receive instruction in and maneuvers the student must be found proficient in before solo can take place.
The student pilot told investigators that she did not know what many of the maneuvers she had performed during her flight training were called. She told investigators that she had not performed ground reference maneuvers, and had only performed two stalls.
She said she performed a simulated engine-out during her flight training. The student pilot was asked if she had performed emergency procedures and she said that they had only discussed emergency procedures. When the student pilot was asked if she performed go-arounds during her flight training, she responded by asking what a go-around was. When a go-around maneuver was described to her, she said she had performed go-arounds.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the flight instructor’s inadequate training and oversight of the student pilot, which resulted in the non-certificated student pilot’s loss of control during landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA342
This June 2015 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.