NTSB Identification: LAX01LA095.
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Accident occurred Friday, February 09, 2001 in Palo Alto, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/2001
Aircraft: Beech A36, registration: N3191A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane's right wing struck the ground and the airplane came to rest on the runway following a loss of control on an attempted go-around. The pilot had received 107.9 hours of dual instruction and was making his first solo flight in the airplane. The purpose of the flight was to practice takeoffs and landings. The pilot selected approach flaps on downwind but never checked their position. On short final, the pilot sensed his descent rate was too great and attempted a go-around. The airplane drifted towards the left and then rolled right continuing to descend until it struck the ground. Postcrash examination of the engine and propeller revealed impact damage that was consistent with the propeller having contacted the ground in a high airplane pitch attitude, and a propeller blade angle consistent with a "power on" condition.

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

The pilot-in-command's delayed decision to go-around and his failure to maintain sufficient airspeed during the attempted go-around. His non-verification of the flap setting contributed to the accident.

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