NTSB Identification: LAX89LA234.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40105.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 09, 1989 in HOLLISTER, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N23916
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR INITIATED A SIMULATED ENGINE FAILURE AT 3500 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL. THE STUDENT PERFORMED THE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES BUT WHEN HE TURNED FINAL HE WAS TOO HIGH TO LAND ON THE RUNWAY. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AND INTENDED TO MAKE ANOTHER 360 DEGREE PRIOR TO LANDING. AS SOON AS THE AIRPLANE ENTERED THE BANK, IT STALLED. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR ATTEMPTED TO RECOVER BY APPLYING FULL POWER BUT THE AIRPLANE DID NOT RETURN TO LEVEL FLIGHT PRIOR TO STRIKING THE GROUND.

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

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR'S FAILURE TO TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTION IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO PREVENT THE AIRPLANE FROM STRIKING THE GROUND.

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