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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174065
Last updated: 25 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172C
Registration: N8287X
C/n / msn: 17248787
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Thermal, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Desert Center, CA (L64)
Destination airport:Thermal, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane settled into brush and hit terrain during a go-around. The pilot had successfully completed landings to his private dirt strip prior to the accident. On final approach with 20 degrees of flaps, he noted that the airplane was higher than normal. About 700 feet down the runway, the wheels touched down on the soft dirt. He aborted the landing instead of applying heavy brake pressure. Without retracting the flaps, he climbed to about 100 feet and made a turn to the left. The airplane began to lose altitude and he continued his turn to the left. After completing a 180-degree turn, he leveled out the airplane and lowered the nose, in an effort to regain airspeed. The sink rate continued, and the main landing gear encountered high brush. He thought that the high density altitude was the reason the airplane could not produce enough power to climb. He reported the temperature to be about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The pilot did not report any mechanical problems with the airplane prior to the accident.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to retract the flaps during the go-around and his failure to obtain and maintain sufficient airspeed, which led to a stall mush condition. High density altitude was a contributing factor.



Revision history:

23-Feb-2015 18:29 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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