NTSB Identification: CEN12LA529
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 07, 2012 in Palo Pinto, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA32RT, registration: N36103
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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 pilot was performing a go-around when the airplane impacted trees off the east side of and about 1/3 of the distance down the runway. The pilot stated that the airplane did not attain a climb rate to clear the trees and that he flew the airplane at an airspeed close to stall. The pilot did not fly over the remaining runway, which would have provided obstacle clearance to a safe altitude. Also, flight near stall speed or a high pitch attitude provides a high drag condition, which results in reduced climb performance. Examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control and a proper pitch attitude and airspeed while performing a go-around.

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