The flight instructor reported that, while the student pilot was practicing crosswind landings with the instructor shadowing on the flight controls, he emphasized the importance of maintaining crosswind correction and suggested beginning the landing flare closer to the runway at the airport in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The student flared too early and ballooned. The Diamond DA20 drifted left in a “nose high, low airspeed situation.”
The instructor called for a go-around and attempted to take control. The student maintained a “very strong grip” on the control stick, and the instructor was unable to make any significant control inputs, he told investigators. The airplane landed and then skidded off the left side of the runway and hit runway lights.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.
The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The airport’s automated weather observation station reported that, about eight minutes after the accident, the wind was from 080° at 11 knots, gusting to 19 knots. The student pilot landed the airplane on Runway 05.
Probable Cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain the runway heading and to relinquish the flight controls to the flight instructor when told to do so while landing in gusting, crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with runway lighting.
This June 2019 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.