NTSB Identification: DEN91LA023.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42928.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 25, 1990 in CLIFTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N23467
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 HAD BEEN FLYING ON A SOLO CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT WHEN HE BECAME LOST AND LANDED AT THE NEAREST AIRPORT TO FIND OUT WHERE HE WAS. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE PILOT DID NOT REFUEL AND WENT OUT TO HIS AIRCRAFT IN A HURRY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TAKING OFF DOWNWIND WITH FULL FLAPS. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED MAKING A STEEP LEFT BANK AND THEN THE NOSE SUDDENLY DROPPED. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A STEEP NOSE LOW ATTITUDE AND CAME TO REST UPSIDE DOWN.

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

INADVERTENT STALL. FACTORS WERE: TAILWIND, WRONG RUNWAY SELECTED, AND FAILURE TO RAISE FLAPS.

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