NTSB Identification: WPR10CA233
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 08, 2010 in Lake Havasu City, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/22/2010
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N918JR
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was on a local training flight. After flying about 1 hour in the practice area, she returned to the airport to perform touch-and-go takeoffs and landings. The reported winds at the time of the accident were 200 at 4 knots. During the approach to runway 32, she felt that a crosswind blew the airplane to the left. Landing in this position would have resulted in excessive stress to the left main landing gear. The student pilot initiated a go-around, applying full power and turning off carburetor heat. She indicated that at this point, an updraft pushed the airplane nose up and the airplane stalled. The student pilot attempted to recover from the stall; however, the "controls were sloppy and the airplane was not responding." The airplane came to rest inverted.

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

The student pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during a go-around, resulting in a stall/mush.

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