NTSB Identification: CHI96LA227.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 27, 1996 in COTTAGE GROVE, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/16/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N1674E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During landing the airplane went off the left side of the runway and the student pilot initiated a go-around. During the go-around the pilot thought the airplane would not clear the trees ahead and he executed an emergency landing. The airplane came to rest on the side of a hill in a wooded area. In the pilot report, under recommendations of how this accident could have been prevented, the pilot wrote 'initiate go around sooner, and follow the procedures for balked landing as outlined in the P.O.H.'

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

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during landing. A factor was the delayed go-around.

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