NTSB Identification: BFO88FA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38789.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 1988 in PETERSBURG, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N6699F
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 PLT WAS BEING ACCOMPANIED BY A 182 DURING THE FLT FROM NC TO TANGIER ISLAND. BOTH ACFT LANDED AT PETERSBURG. A PASSENGER IN THE 182 HAD BECOME ILL. AFTER REFUELING AND SPENDING A SHORT TIME AT PETERSBURG, BOTH ACFT DEPARTED FOR TANGIER ISLAND WITH THE PASSENGER WHO HAD GOTTEN ILL NOW IN N6699F. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE ACFT CONTACTED TREES IN A WOODED AREA APRX 1 MILE FROM THE ARPT AT WHICH TIME THE LEFT HORIZONTAL STABILIZER SEPARATED FROM THE ACFT AND CONTROL WAS LOST. THE ACFT CRASHED INTO AN OPEN FIELD AND CAUGHT FIRE. A WITNESS RECALLED SEEING THE ACFT FLYING LOW AND SLOW PRIOR TO IT CONTACTING THE TREES. WEIGHT AND BALANCE INFO INDICATES THAT THE ACFT WAS AT LEAST 39 POUNDS OVER MAX GROSS WEIGHT AT TAKEOFF. THE PLT WAS KNOWN TO HAVE RARELY FLOWN WITH THIS PASSENGER IN A CESSNA 150 DUE TO WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS. BOTH PLT AND PAX WERE LARGE, APRX 300 LBS EACH.

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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