NTSB Identification: BFO94FA086.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 02, 1994 in BLOOMINGBURG, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/26/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N7972F
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT HAD RETURNED AFTER AN UNEVENTFUL 40-MINUTE FLIGHT WITH A PASSENGER. ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER, AFTER THE PASSENGER HAD DISEMBARKED, THE PILOT TOOK OFF AGAIN. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE'S TAKEOFF ROLL AND REPORTED NOTHING UNUSUAL. DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB, THE AIRPLANE WAS OBSERVED TO DRIFT TO THE LEFT AND SUDDENLY PITCH DOWN AS ITS WINGS ROCKED BACK AND FORTH. THE AIRPLANE STALLED AND DESCENDED INTO TERRAIN IN A NOSE-DOWN ATTITUDE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT REVEAL ANY EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE SUN WAS POSITIONED NEAR THE DIRECTION OF THE TAKEOFF.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED. THIS LED TO A STALL DURING THE INITIAL TAKEOFF AND CLIMB AT AN ALTITUDE THAT DID NOT PERMIT A RECOVERY. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PRESENCE OF SUNGLARE DURING THE TAKEOFF, WHICH RESTRICTED VISUAL CUES.

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