March 18, 2012, Houston, Texas, Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow


At 1738 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged while landing. The flight instructor and pilot-receiving-instruction were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

The flight instructor reported the airplane encountered a gust during the landing flare and drifted left of the runway centerline. He assumed control and increased engine power for a go-around, but the airplane impacted a ditch and taxiway. The fuselage and wings were substantially damaged during the accident sequence. At 1735, the airport’s automated surface observing system reported wind from 130 degrees at 11 knots, gusting to 15 knots.



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