Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2001 Issue

August 17, Wilgrove, N.C. / Piper Cherokee 140

At about 13:00 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-140 crashed on a go-around at Wilgrove Airpark, but the pilot was not injured. The pilot said he departed runway 17 and planned to stay in the pattern. As he approached for landing, he found he could not reduce power, so he elected to go around. The engine did not respond to increased throttle either, and he overflew the runway at 150 to 200 feet agl and 1,900 rpm. He concluded he could not get over trees at the departure end of the runway, so he performed a full stall landing into the tree canopy....

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