NTSB Identification: ATL87LA167.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34134.
Accident occurred Friday, June 12, 1987 in SYLVA, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N9355H
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 CFI INSTRUCTED HIS LOW-TIME BEGINNING STUDENT TO MAKE A NORMAL APPCH TO THE RWY, AND FLY DOWN THE RWY AT ABOUT 10 FT ABOVE THE RWY SURFACE WHILE MAINTAINING RWY HDG. THE CFI STATED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE MANEUVER WAS '...TO HELP THE STUDENT IMPROVE HIS DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND CORRECT FOR THE CROSS WIND'. THE CFI TOLD THE STUDENT THAT HE WOULD HANDLE THE THROTTLE DURING THE MANEUVER. THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED A GUST OF WIND WHILE OVER THE RWY AND ROLLED SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT. THE CFI ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AND APPLIED FULL-UP ELEVATOR TO CLEAR A HILL LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE RWY. THE AIRPLANE CONTACTED TREETOPS AS IT CLEARED THE HILL, AND SUBSEQUENTLY SETTLED INTO TREES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..DUAL STUDENT




Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..DUAL STUDENT

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