NTSB Identification: FTW02LA073.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 26, 2002 in Ardmore, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/01/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N47802
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The student pilot completed a simulated forced landing to a grass airstrip and then initiated a go-around. The airplane was climbing through 1,000 feet when the student's instructor again simulated an engine failure, and the student made an approach to a field. The flight instructor stated that the field selected by the student contained a ridgeline, and subsequently, he instructed the student to land in a suitable field adjacent to the ridgeline. The approach was accomplished with the carburetor heat on and the flaps retracted. The airplane was descending through 50 feet agl when the sink rate began to increase. The flight instructor advanced the throttle to full-power, turned the carburetor heat off, and initiated a go-around; however, a climb was not attained. Subsequently, the left wing contacted trees, and the airplane impacted the ground. The flight instructor reported that he had been ill during the day prior to the accident and had not slept during the night previous to the accident. He further reported that the accident could have been prevented by initiating recovery from the simulated forced landing at a higher altitude.

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

the instructor pilot's delayed go-around which resulted in an in-flight collision with trees. A contributing factor to the accident was the instructor pilot's fatigued condition due to lack of sleep.

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