The flight instructor reported that during a flight review, the private pilot had completed six touch and go landings in gusty wind conditions at the airport in Hollywood, Florida.
During the last approach, while the Cessna 172 was in the landing flare, a strong wind gust forced the airplane out of ground effect, and the instructor called for a go-around.
During the go-around, the private pilot did not add full power, so the CFI took the flight controls, however, as he did so, the airplane was already in an aerodynamic stall.
The airplane descended, rolled to the left, and hit the left side of the runway, where it continued into the grass and nosed over.
The right wing and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to apply full engine power during the initiation of a go-around in gusting wind conditions and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall at low altitude, and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action.
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This April 2020 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.