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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146598
Last updated: 8 May 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Registration: N73182
C/n / msn: 17267309
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Private airstrip 6 miles northwest of Griswold, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Atlantic, IA (KAIO)
Destination airport:Griswold, IA
The pilot and passenger departed from a 2,500-foot-long private airstrip; they then made two passes over the airstrip before returning to land the airplane. The pilot reported that his vision was affected by the setting sun, crop shadows, and a barn during the landing and that he landed long and fast. As the end of the airstrip approached, the pilot applied power for a go-around, but, according to the pilot, the engine did not produce power; the airplane became airborne, and the pilot turned left, but the airplane could not hold altitude. The airplane impacted a field just south of the airstrip. A witness reported that the engine maintained power throughout the accident sequence; additional witnesses reported that the airplane lost airspeed and stalled while in a turn. Examination of the propeller blades revealed signatures consistent with engine power being produced at the time of impact; examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any preaccident malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The accident is consistent with inadequate airspeed followed by an aerodynamic stall.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain adequate airspeed during an attempted go-around, resulting in an aerodynamic stall.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

02-Jul-2012 21:55 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated
27-Nov-2017 20:45 ASN Update Bot Updated

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