SEA97LA064
SEA97LA064

On February 15, 1997, at 1245 mountain standard time, a Cessna 150J, N5514G, registered to and operated by Arrow West Aviation as a 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight, collided with a roadway marker and snow bank during a simulated emergency landing near Price, Utah. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The airplane was substantially damaged and the flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The flight had originated from Price, Utah, about 45 minutes prior to the accident.

During a telephone interview and subsequent written statement, the flight instructor reported that after the student had completed practice flight maneuvers, the flight instructor pulled the throttle control to idle to simulate an engine out. The student established a best glide rate and extended 30 degrees of flaps during the descent to a road. The flight instructor stated that when the airplane was approximately 300 feet above ground level, the student applied full power to go around. The nose of the airplane pitched up and the flight instructor took control and pushed the nose of the airplane down as the stall warning horn sounded. A few seconds later, the stall horn sounded again and the airplane immediately stalled. The flight instructor stated that he pushed the nose down and began to retract the flaps to regain airspeed. When the airspeed had increased to 65-70 mph, the flight instructor then pulled the nose of the airplane up to regain lost altitude, however, the airplane stalled again. The flight instructor stated that he was unsure if the airplane would recover, and opted to continue the descent to the road. Just prior to the airplane lining up on the road, the right horizontal stabilizer collided with a road-side reflector pole. The flight instructor was unable to maintain control of the airplane, which touched down and bounced sideways. The airplane then touched down again and collided with a snow bank near the road, damaging the left wing and collapsing the nose gear.

The flight instructor stated that there was some wind at altitude, however, on the surface it was calm.

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