The solo student pilot reported that, while on final approach to land at the airport in Dillon, Montana, he decided to initiate a go-around.
He applied full power and pitched up the Cessna 172, which then stalled and turned left about 90°.
He was able to recover from the stall, but the plane was close to the ground.
Subsequently he landed the airplane in an open field. The student saw an irrigation ditch ahead and attempted to become airborne again, but the plane did not gain sufficient lift and hit the ditch.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, while the student sustained serious injuries.
Probable Cause: The student pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle attack during an attempted go-around, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.
To download the final report. Click here. This will trigger a PDF download to your device.
This December 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.