November 11, 2011, Sturgis, S.D., Cessna 172M Skyhawk


At about 0905 Mountain time, the airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with terrain following a loss of control during takeoff. Visual conditions prevailed. The solo student pilot sustained fatal injuries.

The student pilot’s flight instructor (CFI) later stated that, during the student pilot’s stop-and-go landing, the airplane’s flaps were not raised. After the ensuing takeoff, the airplane was observed to pitch up as much as 60 degrees. The airplane entered a spin and impacted terrain vertically. According to the CFI, the airplane’s engine sounded like it was developing full power.


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