NTSB Identification: LAX00LA152.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 10, 2000 in LAKEPORT, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N6104G
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.
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The airplane collided with trees and terrain during an aborted landing attempt following a high, steep, and fast approach. The airplane touched down past the halfway point on the runway in a hard landing and bounced severely. The pilot added power to recover and made a smooth landing on the right side of the runway, and then reduced the power to idle and began aggressive braking to stop. As the airplane approached the departure end of the runway, the pilot increased power and pulled the airplane back into the air. The flaps were still full down at this point and the airplane would not climb. The pilot powered down and landed between trees directly ahead. Then the right wing tip hit hard and the airplane cartwheeled. The Pilot's Operating Handbook for the Cessna 172N states that flaps should be retracted to 20 degrees immediately upon commencing a balked landing (go around.) The airplane was approximately 27 pounds over certified maximum gross weight. The engine was test run in the airframe following recovery from the site. During the test it started immediately and ran smoothly, with normal magneto checks.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's decision to continue with a high, steep, and fast approach, which resulted in a touchdown beyond the halfway point of the runway and the inability to stop on the remaining pavement, and, his delayed decision to initiate a landing abort. Also causal was the pilot's failure to retract the flaps to the go around/aborted landing position. Full narrative available
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