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NTSB Identification: ERA15LA094
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 06, 2015 in Norfolk, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/26/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N2102P
Injuries: 2 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 designated pilot examiner (DPE) and student pilot were conducting a private pilot check ride. The DPE reported that, during climbout, he retarded the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The student attempted to recover the airplane by lowering its nose to maintain controlled flight. However, the airplane descended. The DPE terminated the simulated engine failure, took control of the airplane, and attempted to recover full engine power, but the engine remained at idle power, and the airplane descended into trees. A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures, and the engine was test run with no anomalies noted. The reason for the engine’s failure to regain full power could not be determined.
 


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The engine’s failure to regain full power after a simulated engine failure for reasons that could not be determined during postaccident examinations and testing.