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N284MK accident description

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Crash location 44.222500°N, 93.917778°W
Nearest city Mankato, MN
44.144689°N, 93.950510°W
5.6 miles away
Tail number N284MK
Accident date 20 Dec 2017
Aircraft type Piper PA28
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot reported that, during landing, the airplane bounced hard. She added power to go around, and as the airplane became airborne it began to drift to the left. The airplane aerodynamically stalled, impacted terrain, and collided with a golf cart adjacent the runway, which was occupied by the student pilot's flight instructor.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The Chief Pilot of the flight school reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 4 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 080° at 6 knots. The airplane landed on runway 33.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing and subsequent go-around during which the student exceeded the airplane’s critical angle of attack, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

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