FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA404
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 29, 2016 in Wickenburg, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N34867
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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 pilot reported that after a hard landing the airplane began to porpoise and he decided to abort the landing. The pilot reported that during the aborted landing, he added power and as the airplane began to climb, he retracted the flaps too soon and too quickly and the airplane settled back onto the runway, landed hard again, veered off the runway to the right, collapsed the nose gear, and stopped in a nose down attitude.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right aileron, fuselage, and empennage.
The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The procedures for a balked landing, as provided by Cessna, state:
1. Power – Full throttle and 2700 RPM
2. Carburetor Heat – Cold
3. Wing Flaps – Retract to 20 degrees
4. Upon reaching an airspeed of approximately 75 MPH, retract flaps slowly
The pilot reported as a safety recommendation to wait longer for the aircraft to further stabilize, gain speed, and begin climbing before retracting flaps.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's incorrect balked landing procedure, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent, hard landing, a runway excursion, and nose gear collapse.