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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||navaid : fim.vortac|
|Altitude||msl single value : 2000|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 260|
flight time total : 2000
flight time type : 650
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : regained aircraft control|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
During a sightseeing flight maneuvering over the house of the passenger, I stalled the airplane due to high angle of bank and excessive back pressure on the controls. I recovered immediately, however, my altitude was lower than 1000 ft AGL over a populated area. The general elevation of the area is about 800 ft AGL and my airplane was at 2000-2200 ft MSL. I believe that better preflight planning and not underestimating this 'simple' sightseeing flight could have prevented the embarrassing and dangerous situation. My passenger don't have a lot of aviation experience, so they were really enjoying the flight and didn't realize that the plane was stalled and the stall warning horn was on. They thought that this was normal. In the future, I will spend more time planning the flight, keep higher altitude above the 'deck' (1000 ft AGL), and not allow distraction in the cockpit.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: C-172 PLT STALLED, AT LOW ALT, WHILE MANEUVERING OVER HIS PAX'S HOUSE.
Narrative: DURING A SIGHTSEEING FLT MANEUVERING OVER THE HOUSE OF THE PAX, I STALLED THE AIRPLANE DUE TO HIGH ANGLE OF BANK AND EXCESSIVE BACK PRESSURE ON THE CTLS. I RECOVERED IMMEDIATELY, HOWEVER, MY ALT WAS LOWER THAN 1000 FT AGL OVER A POPULATED AREA. THE GENERAL ELEVATION OF THE AREA IS ABOUT 800 FT AGL AND MY AIRPLANE WAS AT 2000-2200 FT MSL. I BELIEVE THAT BETTER PREFLT PLANNING AND NOT UNDERESTIMATING THIS 'SIMPLE' SIGHTSEEING FLT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE EMBARRASSING AND DANGEROUS SIT. MY PAX DON'T HAVE A LOT OF AVIATION EXPERIENCE, SO THEY WERE REALLY ENJOYING THE FLT AND DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THE PLANE WAS STALLED AND THE STALL WARNING HORN WAS ON. THEY THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS NORMAL. IN THE FUTURE, I WILL SPEND MORE TIME PLANNING THE FLT, KEEP HIGHER ALT ABOVE THE 'DECK' (1000 FT AGL), AND NOT ALLOW DISTR IN THE COCKPIT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.