NTSB Identification: ERA11CA205
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Statesville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N32SF
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 certified flight instructor stated that during an instructional flight he and his student departed a private grass strip on runway 22. They climbed to 800 feet and turned left toward the airport in order to simulate an engine out emergency. The instructor reduced the power and the student pilot turned back towards the grass strip to land on runway 4. During the final approach to landing, the airplane encountered a tailwind and, in an attempt to go-around, the airplane collided with trees at the end of the runway. Examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, and wings. The pilots reported no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane. The nearest airport’s weather observation system reported that the wind at the time of the accident was from 210 degrees at 6 knots.

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

The certified flight instructor's inadequate remedial action during the go-around, which resulted in a collision with trees.

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