Phil I do not care to start an online contest of who's is bigger, but it sounds to me as if you have some bitterness towards flying. I'm not 100% sure of that but if it is the case then why bother to trouble being on an flying website? I am a CFI with multi commercial and do care about my students, their decision making, their abilities, but most of all their safety. There is nothing that would crush me worse to know that a student I signed off for any license has been in an accident that has hurt or killed them. This is why with some it takes longer than others, it's because we as instructors would like to see that our students are capable and safe, so that we can avoid as many accidents as possible and make good pilots.
The first officer walked away, and the captain is expected to make a full recovery according to local news reports. I live about 15 miles from this airport and know the airport very well. In my opinion there is no reason as to why they couldn't climb above the power pole, it is a long way from the end of the runway. That is IF AND ONLY IF they initiated the go around soon enough. Hate to say it but I would vote pilot error no doubt. Comm ASEL, About to finish CFI and Comm AMEL.
I too live near this area and have flown over the site in question multiple times. The bottom line is that the local police had absolutely no jurisdiction in this case, and the power plant security personnel need to be properly educated on the imaginary "No-fly zone" rules.
@Chris Bryant No Jet-A is not $1,000/GAL. If you read carefully it says they consumed 48.3 million gallons A DAY, and paid $49.8 billion THAT MONTH. And really technicalities such as which Prius' does and which Prius does not pug in is not the focal point of this article. How about lighten up a bit man.