NTSB Identification: LAX97LA264.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 26, 1997 in QUARTZSITE, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/07/1998
Aircraft: Cessna A150L, registration: N9903G
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was conducting his third unsupervised cross-country flight. He stated that the aircraft 'seemed like it was low on fuel.' He said he could not find the Blythe Airport on the VFR sectional. He stated he panicked and circled Quartzsite looking for a place to land the airplane. He finally elected to land on a city street. During the landing rollout, the airplane's wing hit a signpost and the propeller contacted the ground.

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

The student pilot's decision to land the airplane on a residential street, where the airplane subsequently hit a sign during the landing roll. Factors related to the accident were the student pilot becoming lost/disoriented during his cross country flight and his subsequent panic.

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