NTSB Identification: BFO92LA111.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47077.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 23, 1992 in CHARLESTON, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N12921
Injuries: 2 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.
THE PILOT WAS LANDING ON RUNWAY 33 WHEN, ACCORDING TO A WITNESS, THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN NOSE GEAR FIRST AND BOUNCED BACK INTO THE AIR. THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED AND TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN, PARTIALLY OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE WITNESS STATED THAT THE PILOT ADDED SOME POWER AND WAS HOLDING THE AIRPLANE IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE WHILE CLIMBING SLOWLY WITH THE FLAPS FULL DOWN. THE WITNESS REPORTED THAT AS THE AIRPLANE APPROACHED TREES PAST THE RUNWAY END, THE AIRPLANE TURNED LEFT AND HEADED DOWNWIND, STILL IN A HIGH PITCH ATTITUDE BEFORE IT DESCENDED AND CRASHED. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, AFTER HE UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIED TO LAND, AND WITH INSUFFICIENT RUNWAY REMAINING, HE APPLIED FULL POWER TO TAKEOFF. AS HE WAS CLIMBING HE TURNED TO AVOID TREES PAST THE RUNWAY END. HE TRIED TO GAIN AIRSPEED, BUT THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES AND NOSED INTO THE GROUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO ATTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED TO OUTCLIMB OBSTACLES.
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