NTSB Identification: ERA11LA168
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Welch, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N739NY
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The unlicensed pilot was practicing landings with a tailwind in the traffic pattern at a closed airport in an unregistered airplane. The pilot refused to provide a statement, but a witness stated that the airplane was too fast on landing and too slow on climbout after the landing was aborted. The airplane struck trees at the departure end of the runway, and then settled into trees below the elevated runway. A postcrash examination of the wreckage revealed no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The unlicensed pilot’s decision to land on a closed runway with a tailwind, his failure to attain the proper touchdown point, and his delayed decision to attempt a go-around, resulting in a collision with trees.

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