Final Report: Student and instructor blamed in crash of training flight

 - September 20, 2006, 6:53 AM

Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of a Socata TBM 700 on the student’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed and the instructor’s inadequate supervision and delayed remedial response.

During a simulated engine-out approach with a CFI, the new owner of the TBM reduced power and entered a close downwind. The instructor told him to make a left circling turn to base and final approach. The student lowered the landing gear and asked the CFI if they could glide all the way to the runway. He was told to maintain 90 knots.

As the student turned final, the instructor said, “Don’t bank.” The student leveled the wings but the airplane started banking left again. The instructor said again, “Don’t bank,” and the student said, “I’m not.” The CFI added power and applied right rudder. The TBM stopped rolling left but rolled into a right bank and the right wing hit the ground.

The student pilot and CFI received minor injuries in the crash.