NTSB Identification: ATL96LA065.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, March 13, 1996 in FLAMINGO, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N6174Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot stated he was in cruise flight at 3,500 feet, when the airplane engine began making a loud continuous noise. He made a precautionary landing in an open field. During the landing roll out, the airplane encountered soft terrain and nosed over. Examination of the airplane, revealed the #3 exhaust tube had failed (separated) below the weld joint. When the student pilot was informed of the examination results, he said he misdiagnosed the perceived emergency.

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

The student pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for a precautionary landing. Failure of the #3 exhaust tube was a related factor.

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