The flight instructor was conducting a flight review for the private pilot/owner of the Piper PA-28-140.
The pilot departed from the 5,008-foot runway in Toccoa, Georgia, performed a touch-and-go landing without incident, and entered the traffic pattern for a simulated short-field landing. While on short final, the plane struck a berm that was located just prior to runway and sustained substantial damage to the landing gear and right wing.
The flight instructor stated that he realized that the airplane was low and expected the pilot to add engine power, however he did not attempt to manipulate the flight controls or provide any verbal instructions.
The pilot stated that he also realized that the airplane was low, but did not react prior to contact with the ground.
The pilot reported about 600 hours of total flight experience, which included about 475 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane. The flight instructor reported about 3,430 hours of total flight experience, which included about 200 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain proper altitude and the flight instructor’s failure to provide correction action, which resulted in a collision with terrain during landing.
NTSB Identification: ERA15CA002
This October 2014 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.