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N181WC accident description

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Crash location 45.618611°N, 121.168334°W
Nearest city The Dalles, OR
45.594564°N, 121.178682°W
1.7 miles away
Tail number N181WC
Accident date 22 Feb 2005
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-181
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On February 22, 2005, approximately 1500 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-28-181 single-engine airplane, N181WC sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain following an aborted landing at the Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal Airport (DLS), The Dalles, Oregon. The airplane was registered to a private individual, and the student pilot, sole occupant of the aircraft sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the instructional flight, which was conducted in accordance with 14 CFR Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed DLS about 1445.

According to the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), the student pilot reported that while inbound for landing on Runway 07, "...the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) told me the wind was at 9 knots. I started getting nervous thinking of landing with wind. We had no training on crosswinds." The student pilot stated that on final [approach] when she realized the wind was pushing her to the left and the stall warning [horn] was going off, she [added] full throttle to go around. The student pilot related that at this time the [airplane] initially pitched down, but then she became totally confused. " felt like I was spinning. In turning to the left the wing caught [the ground] and brought me down." The student pilot also reported that she could not remember whether the nose of the airplane was supposed to be pitched up or down when attempting a go-around.

A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector traveled to the accident site and reported the left wing was broken into three pieces.

At 1453, the DLS ASOS weather reporting system indicated wind 060 degrees at 9 knots, visibility 10 statue miles, sky clear, temperature 12 degrees C, dew point -3 degrees C, and the altimeter setting of 30.23 inches of Mercury.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's improper compensation for the wind condition and the improper rejected landing procedure, which resulted in the collision with terrain. A contributing factor to the accident was the crosswind condition.

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