NTSB Identification: MIA96LA087.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 24, 1996 in PANAMA CITY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1996
Aircraft: Marks KITFOX II, registration: N915PK
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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After takeoff, the flight instructor (CFI) recognized that the airspeed indicator was inoperative. He elected to return to the airport and land on runway 32. During the landing, the airplane bounced, then drifted off the right side of the runway. The CFI then applied power to go-around, but the airplane collided with a ditch. The wind was reported to be from 220 degrees at 8 knots. Runway 23 was available for landing with nearly a direct headwind.

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

the pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing, and his failure to maintain directional control of the airplane, which resulted in an inadvertent ground swerve and subsequent collision with a ditch. Factors relating to the accident were: failure of the airspeed indicator, the pilot's selection of the wrong runway for landing, and the crosswind condition.

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