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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133154
Last updated: 9 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172
Owner/operator:Thomas Spratt
Registration: N6403B
C/n / msn: 29603
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wauseon, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:PVT
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On June 22, 1995, at 2100 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N6403B, was destroyed during a go around attempt at Exit 3 Airport, a private grass airstrip near Wauseon, Ohio. The pilot and the one passenger, the sole occupants, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91 and originated from Hillsdale Municipal Airport, Hillsdale, Michigan, at approximately 2045 hours.

The 104 hour private pilot stated that it was dusk when he landed on the unlit turf runway. Because there was no wind, he turned the airplane around and took off in the opposite direction. The pilot stated that during the ensuing attempted landing, he decided to go around because the airplane was too high and too fast. The pilot reported that he applied full power and raised the flaps to the 30 degree position. The pilot recalled maneuvering the airplane in order to avoid a gas station located near the end of the runway when the "airplane ran out of airspeed". The passenger/private pilot stated he heard the stall warning horn prior to the collision with the telephone wires.

The Cessna 172 Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) states that in a balked landing (go-around) climb, reduce the wing flap setting to 20 degrees immediately after full power is applied. It further states that if obstacles must be cleared during the go-around climb, leave the wing flaps in the 10 degree to 20 degree range and maintain a safe airspeed until the obstacles are cleared. Excerpts from the POH are appended.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's failure to obtain/maintain adequate altitude/clearance from obstacles during an attempted go-round. Related factors are the pilot's failure to attain the planned approach and the improper go-around procedures.


NTSB id 20001207X03644

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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