NTSB Identification: DEN89LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38366.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 16, 1988 in CHINOOK, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N28EF
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 STUDENT PLT WAS FLYING CROSS COUNTRY, SOLO, TO TAKE A PRIVATE PLT CHECKRIDE. HE SAID HE BECAME LOST AND FLEW UNTIL THE FUEL WAS EXHAUSTED. HE SELECTED A SNOW COVERED FIELD AND LANDED. AT TOUCHDOWN, THE NOSE GEAR DUG IN AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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