NTSB Identification: ATL88LA124.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36470.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 24, 1988 in MUSCLE SHOALS, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150G, registration: N2738S
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF ELECTRICAL POWER DURING THE LOCAL, SOLO FLT. THE STUDENT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LDG AT MUSCLE SHOALS ARPT (MSL) WHICH WAS THE NEAREST ARPT. HE MADE TWO ATTEMPTS TO LAND ON RWY 36, WITH A 12-20 KT TAILWIND: ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT, HE WAS UNABLE TO PUT THE AIRPLANE ON THE RWY AND HE EXECUTED A GO-AROUND. ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT, HE LANDED; THE AIRPLANE OVERRAN THE 4,000 FT RWY AND NOSED OVER. THE STUDENT RPTD THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE ARPT WINDSOCK PRIOR TO LDG. THE WINDSOCK IS LOCATED AT ABOUT MIDFIELD, ACCORDING TO ARPT LAYOUT DIAGRAMS. POST-CRASH EXAM OF THE AIRPLANE BY A MECHANIC REVEALED THAT THE ALTERNATOR FIELD WIRE HAD BROKEN AT THE FIELD TERMINAL, WHICH DISABLED THE ALTERNATOR AND SUBSEQUENTLY LED TO A DISCHARGED BATTERY. THE STUDENT HAD ONLY ABOUT 1 HR SOLO FLT EXPERIENCE. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY LANDED AT MSL, DURING A DUAL-INSTRUCTIONAL FLT ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ELECTRIC WIRING..DISCONNECTED


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ALTERNATOR..DISABLED



Contributing Factors

WIND INFORMATION..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,BATTERY..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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