NTSB Identification: CHI01LA305.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 05, 2001 in Grand Forks, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-161, registration: N240ND
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with terrain and objects during an attempted go around. The instructor and dual student pilot sustained no injuries. The instructor pilot reported, "Add all power for go-around. Aircraft pitch was high ... . On trying to maintain control I lossed control causing left wheel to take out runway lights and touchdown and somehow hit right [ailerons]. Came to full stop between taxiways C-1 [and] C-2. [Wrecking] nose wheel, propeller, [and] [aileron]." The instructor reported no mechanical malfunction or failure. The wind was 180 degrees at 16 knots. The student pilot stated, "We approached the runway and as we came down I flared to land[.] I flared too much and we [ballooned] up." The instructor's safety recommendation stated, "Initiate go around procedure sooner."

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

The student pilot's improper flare, and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action, which resulted in a loss of directional control.

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