Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2008 Issue

March 8, 2008, Tracy, Calif., American Champion (ACAC) 7GCAA

The CFI was demonstrating a simulated engine failure during initial takeoff climb by executing a 180-degree turn back to the airport. As the CFI was completing the maneuver, he initiated a go-around by applying full power. Subsequently the airplane stalled and impacted the runway in a left-wing-low attitude. The CFI stated he was aware of the tailwind condition he would encounter as the airplane completed the 180-degree turn and that upon exiting the airplane, he noted the wind to be considerably higher than he had expected. Examination of the airplane revealed that the left and right wings sustained substantial damage. No anomalies were noted with the engine or flight control systems.

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