Pilot Applied Full Power To Go-Around, But The Engine Did Not Respond

Location: Newnan, GA Accident Number: ERA20LA308
Date & Time: 09/05/2020, 1850 EDT Registration: N6107L
Aircraft: American Aviation AA 1 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation – Instructional

On September 5, 2020, about 1850 eastern daylight time, an American Aviation AA1, N6107L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Newnan Coweta County Airport (CCO), Newnan , Georgia. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to the flight instructor, they were practicing a simulated engine failure in the airport traffic pattern, when the airplane was about 300 ft above ground level, the pilot applied full power to go-around, but the engine did not respond and remained at a low power setting. The flight instructor took control of the airplane, but he was not able to increase engine power and the airplane continued to descend. The airplane touched down on the right side of runway 32, impacted a lighted taxiway sign box, veered sharply to the left and subsequently impacted the trees bordering the west side of the airport property.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The cockpit and engine compartment were relatively intact.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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