NTSB Identification: CHI88LA071.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36189.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 01, 1988 in CRANE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/14/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N66452
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.

N66452, COLLIDED WITH A STREET SIGNPOST AT THE CRANE NAVAL DEPOT, CRANE, IN, DURING LANDING ROLL AFTER A PRECAUTIONARY EMERGENCY LANDING. THE RIGHT WING OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. THE STUDENT WAS ON THE RETURN LEG OF A TWO-LEG SOLO CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. HE BECAME LOST DURING THE FLIGHT, AND DECIDED TO EXECUTE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING DUE TO LOW FUEL AND IMPENDING DARKNESS.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROADWAY/HIGHWAY


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..SIGN


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)

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