Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2005 Issue

October 16, 2005, La Belle, Fla. / Cessna 172P

At about 1325 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged and the Student pilot, its sole occupant, was fatally injured following an in-flight loss of control during initial climb. Visual conditions prevailed. While on the upwind pattern leg, at an estimated altitude of 150 feet, the airplane stalled, drifted to the left, and impacted the ground. Preliminary examination of the airplane revealed the flaps were found fully extended to the 30-degree position....

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