The airplane had crashed at another airstrip, killing both front-seat occupants. According to witnesses, the 172 had approached the 2,125-foot grass runway, 7/25, from the east. High on final, it had slipped first one way, then the other, to lose altitude. The slips were "picture perfect," according to a pilot witness, as was the flare. The airplane was a few feet above the ground and in good position to land when the power came back on and it banked to the left and started to climb. Nose high, it rose to perhaps 100 feet agl, then "whipped over" to the left and fell, the engine at full throttle, until it struck the ground right wing first.