NTSB Identification: MIA94LA109.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 1994 in BUNNELL, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/07/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44-180, registration: N8303G
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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WHILE IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT (CFI) MOVED THE LEFT ENGINE MIXTURE CONTROL TO THE CUTOFF POSITION. THE FLIGHT TURNED TO A LEFT CROSSWIND, DOWNWIND AND BASE. ON BASE LEG, THE CFI FEATHERED THE LEFT ENGINE PROPELLER AND THE FLIGHT TURNED ONTO FINAL APPROACH. DURING THE FINAL APPROACH, THE PILOT OF ANOTHER AIRPLANE IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN ANNOUNCED ON THE SAME FREQUENCY THAT THE LANDING GEAR WAS NOT EXTENDED. THE STUDENT PILOT EXTENDED THE LANDING GEAR SELECTOR HANDLE, AND THE CFI APPLIED FULL POWER ON THE RIGHT ENGINE TO GO AROUND. THE PILOTS REPORTED THAT THE AIRPLANE BEGAN TO CLIMB, THEN IT ENTERED MINIMUM CONTROL SPEED (VMC) AND ROLLED TO THE LEFT. THE LEFT WING CONTACTED THE GROUND, AND THE AIRPLANE CAME TO REST UPRIGHT. A POST-CRASH EXAM OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT THE LANDING GEAR WARNING HORN OPERATED NORMALLY.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE OF THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT (CFI) TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM CONTROL SPEED (VMC) DURING THE GO-AROUND, WHICH RESULTED IN A LOSS OF CONTROL. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE DELAY BY THE DUAL STUDENT TO EXTEND THE LANDING GEAR.

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