NTSB Identification: LAX88FA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40332.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 02, 1988 in DOUGLAS, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/01/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J, registration: N61305
Injuries: 2 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 INSTRUCTOR PILOT AND HIS STUDENT, WHO HAD RECENTLY RECEIVED HIS PRIVATE AIRMAN'S CERTIFICATE, DEPARTED ON AN EARLY MORNING TRAINING FLIGHT. THE PRIVATE AIRMAN WAS CONTINUING HIS TRAINING TOWARDS A COMMERCIAL AIRMAN'S CERTIFICATE. A FLIGHT PLAN WAS NOT FILED FOR THE FLIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DISCOVERED MISSING APPROXIMATELY FOUR HOURS AFTER DEPARTURE AND AN AERIAL SEARCH WAS INITIATED. THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM THE AIRPORT, APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS AFTER THE SEARCH BEGAN. THE WRECKAGE INDICATED THAT THE ACFT WAS TURNING LEFT IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AT THE MOMENT OF GROUND CONTACT. THE HORNS OF BOTH CONTROL YOKES WERE BROKEN. THE PROP SHOWED EVIDENCE OF ENGINE POWER AT IMPACT.

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

INADVERTENT ENTRY INTO A STALL/SPIN BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND.

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