NTSB Identification: LAX06LA029.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 08, 2005 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 150F, registration: N8903S
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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The airplane landed hard after the flaps failed to retract in the initial climb following a touch-and-go takeoff. The Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and the student pilot, who is also the owner of the airplane, performed several maneuvers prior to returning to the airport to practice touch-and-go takeoffs and landings. The student was flying the airplane throughout the entire landing portion of the touch-and-go until rotation. When the airplane rotated, it pitched up steeply and the CFI took control of the airplane. The CFI realized the flaps would not retract and tried to maintain control of the airplane while the student attempted to change the fuse for the flap motor. The CFI noticed obstructions in their flight path and elected to land in a parking lot. Due to the size of the parking lot, the instructor had to make an intentional hard touchdown to avoid colliding with fencing surrounding the lot. The owner had replaced the fuse for the flap motor several weeks prior to the accident. The original fuse was lost during recovery. During post examination of the wreckage a serviceable fuse was installed for the flap motor. The flap motor operated the right wing flap with no abnormalities noted. A package of fuses other than the manufacturer's recommended fuse type was found in the glove compartment of the airplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the failure of the flap motor fuse that rendered the flaps inoperable during a critical phase of flight. Factors in the accident were the lack of suitable terrain to perform an emergency landing and the owner's use of nonapproved fuses for the flap motor circuit. Full narrative available
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