Flight Student Caused Washoe Crash

By: Kyril (Ky) Plaskon Email
By: Kyril (Ky) Plaskon Email

Remember the plane accident in Washoe Valley where the plane was strangely upside down and the two people weren't even hurt. Well, the NTSB has released its "factual" report about how the Mfg & Design LLC CH750 STOL, registration: N799US, ended up on its roof in a dry lakebed.

According to the NTSB report released August 19th, the pilot was under instruction and certified flight instructor was with the pilot while they were practicing slow flight at just 200 feet above the ground.

The certified flight instructor noticed that the airplane was sinking and the airspeed was low, so he told the flight student to add power in order to maintain altitude.

The student did do that, but the airplane continued to sink. So then the instructor added more power and pitched the nose up, trying to gain altitude and stop falling.

But in response to that move, the student pushed the nose down and the airplane made an inadvertent landing, bouncing twice and coming to rest upside down.

The airplane's firewall and vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged. The instructor said there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operations.

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