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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138303
Last updated: 6 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172F Skyhawk
Registration: N8698U
C/n / msn: 17252602
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Atlanta Airstrip - K55H, ID -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Emmett, ID (S78)
Destination airport:Atlanta, ID (55H)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, on short final approach in his low performance airplane, he realized that his approach path was too high, so he attempted to go around. After full engine power was applied, he recognized that he had insufficient distance from the approaching trees and terrain to perform a go-around. Therefore, he aborted the maneuver and forced the airplane onto the ground in a clearing beyond the departure end of the runway. The airplane impacted the ground hard, breaking the wing and fuselage structure. The pilot reported that he was unfamiliar with the airport, and he had not read the Federal Aviation Administration’s published remarks for the airport in its Airport Facility Directory. The remarks state, in part, that the airport is recommended for use by “mountain proficient pilots using high performance aircraft.” It also states “no go-around due to rising terrain and trees.” Nine-thousand foot mountains are located within 5 miles from northwest through southeast of the 5,500-foot mean sea level airport.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s misjudgment of his final approach path. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning.



Revision history:

30-Aug-2011 12:10 gerard57 Added
30-Aug-2011 15:43 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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