Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2001 Issue

Jan. 18, Austell, Ga. / Cessna Skyhawk

At 23:20 eastern time, a Cessna 172S struck trees while conducting an ILS approach to runway 8 at Fulton County Airport on an instrument training flight. The pilot was seriously injured and the instructor and a passenger suffered minor injuries. The pilots were told the glideslope for runway 8 was inoperative and were subsequently cleared for the approach. While on a two-mile final, the pilot said the VSI abruptly showed a climb and then a descent while airspeed increased. The pilot selected the alternate static source and initiated a go-around, but the airplane hit trees two miles short of the airport....

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