LAX94LA237
LAX94LA237

On June 4, 1994, at 1322 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152, N94509, operated by Pacific States Aviation, Inc., Concord, California, collided with terrain during an attempted go-around at the Gravelly Valley (uncontrolled) Airport, Upper Lake, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the personal flight. The airplane was substantially damaged and the private pilot received minor injuries. The passenger was seriously injured. The flight originated from Concord, California, on June 4, 1994, at 1205.

The pilot verbally reported to the National Transportation Safety Board that while overflying the airport he observed the windsock, noted that a crosswind condition existed, and entered the traffic pattern. On final approach to runway 01, the airplane was at various times flying "slow" or was "high and fast." The pilot stated that during his landing flare the airplane "floated and floated." By the time the airplane was approaching midfield, it was still about 30 feet in the air, so he decided to go around.

The pilot further reported that he added full engine power and retracted the flaps to the 20 degrees setting. The carburetor heat was left in the "on" position. As the airplane approached the end of the runway, it had climbed to approximately 50 feet above the ground, and a slight right turn was begun to avoid the rising terrain. The stall warning horn sounded, the airplane stalled, and it pancaked onto the ground. The ELT activated.

Information published in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) "Airport/Facility Directory" indicated the Gravelly Valley Airport's elevation was 1,900 feet mean sea level. Runway 01/19 was 4,050 feet long by 200 feet wide.

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