The flight instructor reported that he and the student pilot were landing at their home airport in Denver following a training flight in the Cirrus SR22.
During the planned full stop landing with a gusting crosswind, the student pilot flared high, and the airplane drifted left of runway centerline.
The flight instructor called for a go-around and attempted to take control of the airplane, but the student pilot did not understand the flight instructor’s verbal commands, resulting in the two pilots “fighting” over the flight controls.
The airplane subsequently hit terrain to the left of the runway and then slid across a taxiway, coming to rest between the taxiway and the parking apron.
The airplane’s left wing and firewall sustained substantial damage.
The FAA inspector who examined the airplane reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
At the time of the accident, the student pilot was landing the airplane on runway 17L with wind 230° at 10 to 15 knots.
Probable Cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during landing with a gusting crosswind and his failure to go around and relinquish control of the airplane when directed by the instructor pilot.
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This November 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.