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N7342G accident description

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Crash location 36.777778°N, 114.375000°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Overton, NV
36.543308°N, 114.446924°W
16.7 miles away
Tail number N7342G
Accident date 22 Jun 2003
Aircraft type Cessna 172K
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 22, 2003, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172K, N7342G, impacted terrain during an attempted go-around near Overton, Nevada. Silver Wing Aviation was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI) pilot, the student pilot, and one passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The instructional cross-country flight departed North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada, at 1015, en route to Perkins Field Airport (U08), Overton. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan had not been filed. The primary wreckage was at 36 degrees 46 minutes north latitude and 114 degrees 22 minutes west longitude.

According to a written statement submitted by the CFI, the throttle was reduced to idle at 5,000 feet mean sea level (msl) to simulate an engine power loss. The student set up an approach to a dirt road for his simulated emergency landing. Power was advanced several times during the descent to ensure that the engine would respond when the recovery was initiated. Because they were in an undeveloped, unpopulated area, the CFI allowed the student to continue his approach to an estimated altitude of 200 feet above ground level (agl). Airspeed was about 70 miles per hour (mph) and flaps were in the full down position. At that point, the CFI advised the student to do a go-around. The student added power while the CFI retracted the first 10 degrees of flaps. The student pitched the nose up but there was insufficient airspeed to establish a climb. An excessive sink rate began and the flaps were inadvertently retracted completely. The airplane continued to sink further and impacted terrain about 100 feet southeast of the intended landing road. It came to rest inverted about 75 feet after the point of initial ground contact.

In a subsequent interview, the CFI stated that he began "assisting the student" immediately after it was determined that the sink rate was excessive for the low altitude, but insists they were both responsible for controlling the airplane. He had retracted the first 10 degrees of flaps, and the student retracted the remainder.

The Safety Board investigator-in-charge (IIC) interviewed the student. He believed the CFI began controlling the airplane, but was unsure of when the switchover occurred. The student could not recall who had retracted the flaps.

According to both the student and the CFI, the CFI never communicated that he was going to take the controls. The engine had been operating properly and responded normally after full power was added during the go-around. During the flight, no problems with the flight controls were noted.

Both pilots attribute the accident to letting the airplane get too low and too slow.

NTSB Probable Cause

the student pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed and his premature raising of the flaps during a go-around, which led to an inadvertent stall/mush. The flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight is also causal.

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