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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68212
Last updated: 5 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S
Owner/operator:University of North Dakota
Registration: N523ND
C/n / msn: 172S10816
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Park Rapids Airport, Minnesota -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Park Rapids, MN (PKD)
Destination airport:Grand Forks, ND (GFK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot performed a go-around on the first attempted landing at the airport during night visual meteorological conditions. On the second attempt, he landed about mid-field and performed a stop and go landing. He initiated the takeoff using 10-degrees of flaps. The pilot reported that when he reached about 100 feet above ground level, he retracted the flaps. He felt that the airspeed was a little low (70 knots IAS) so he pushed the nose over. He stated that he did not think he was in a descent, but the airplane hit the ground about 100 feet from the end of the runway. The nose gear collapsed and both wings were damaged as the airplane bounced and skidded to a stop. The examination of the accident site revealed eight ground scars in the grass which were consistent with propeller strikes. The propeller blades exhibited leading edge nicks and gouges, chordwise scratching, and blade twist. The inspection of the airplane’s flight controls revealed no preexisting anomalies. The pilot reported that he had 112 hours of flight time with 112 hours in make and model. He had flown 9 hours at night which included 2 hours of night experience when he was pilot-in-command.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain a proper climb rate during a night takeoff.



Revision history:

14-Sep-2009 07:54 slowkid Added
15-Sep-2009 05:55 RobertMB Updated
15-Sep-2009 05:58 RobertMB Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 16:17 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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