Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cessna 152, University Flying Club, N4916B: Accident occurred July 01, 2016 at Augusta State Airport (KAUG), Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA303
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 2016 in Augusta, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 152G, registration: N4916B
Injuries: 2 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 was taking his private pilot checkride and was demonstrating a short-field landing. During the landing, the wind was gusting, and he decided to go around. During the go-around, the left wing dropped and struck the runway. The designated pilot examiner (DPE) took control of the airplane and completed the go-around. He then returned control of the airplane to the pilot, and the pilot then performed another short-field landing with a full stop. After the full-stop landing, he taxied to the fixed-base operator (FBO) at the airport, and he and the DPE exited the airplane and went into the FBO to complete the paperwork for the checkride. After the DPE had completed the paperwork, the pilot returned to the airplane intending to fly back to his home airport. During his preflight inspection, he noticed that the wing was damaged. Examination of the wing revealed that both wing spars were substantially damaged.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to compensate for the gusting wind conditions during a short-field landing and the designated pilot examiner's delayed remedial action, which resulted in the wing tip contacting the runway during the go-around.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine 

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket -  National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

University Flying Club: http://registry.faa.gov/N4916B

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA303
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 2016 in Augusta, ME
Aircraft: CESSNA 152G, registration: N4916B
Injuries: 2 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 was taking his private pilot checkride, and was demonstrating a short field landing. During the landing the wind was gusty and he decided to go around. During the go-around, the left wing dropped and struck the runway. The Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) took control of the airplane and completed the go-around. He then returned control of the airplane to the pilot, and the pilot then performed another short field landing with a full stop. After the full stop landing, he taxied to the fixed base operator (FBO) at the airport, and he and the DPE exited the aircraft and went into the FBO to complete the paperwork for the check ride. After the DPE had completed the paperwork, the pilot returned to the airplane with the intent to fly back to his home airport. During his preflight inspection he noticed that the wing was damaged. Examination of the damage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both wing spars were substantially damaged.

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