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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17707
Last updated: 7 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S Skyhawk
Owner/operator:West Valley Flying Club
Registration: N21705
C/n / msn: 172S9699
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gualala, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Gualala, CA
Destination airport:Palo Alto, CA (PAO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airport manager said the airplane began its takeoff on the 2,500-foot-long runway 13 from the displaced threshold, which is 400 feet from the approach end of the runway. The pilot said he rotated at 55 knots and the airplane lifted off the runway but would not climb. Almost immediately, the stall warning horn began to sound and he lowered the nose to gain speed. The airplane then settled back onto the runway. The pilot reduced the power and began applying brakes to abort the takeoff. The airplane overran the end of the runway, went down a hillside, and collided with trees about 600 feet from the runway. The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures.
Probable Cause: The pilot's decision not to use all of the available runway, his premature rotation and failure to obtain and maintain an adequate airspeed to continue the takeoff that resulted in a stall/mush, an aborted takeoff, a runway overrun, and a collision with trees. Contributing to the accident was the short runway.



Revision history:

07-May-2008 23:41 Fusko Added
18-May-2008 09:55 Fusko Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 10:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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