NTSB Identification: NYC02LA144.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 21, 2002 in Zelienople, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/23/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 210L, registration: N732AK
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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The pilot canceled his IFR clearance near his planned destination, and then maneuvered the airplane to land. The airplane touchdown approximately 2,050 feet down the 4,102-foot long runway, and then bounced back into the air. The pilot aborted the landing, retracted the landing gear, and reduced the flaps to approximately 10 degrees before reaching 50 feet agl. The airplane began to lose altitude, and then impacted trees. Examination of the wreckage revealed no preimpact failures or malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any. The Airplane Flying Handbook," stated that retracting the flaps could decrease lift and cause the airplane to sink rapidly, during a go-around. The POH stated that the flaps should be immediately reduced to 20 degrees, and then retracted slowly after reaching a safe altitude.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot failure to follow the published aborted landing procedures, with the retraction of the flaps to 10 degrees prior to reaching a safe altitude and airspeed, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent. Full narrative available
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