NTSB Identification: MIA89LA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38318.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 12, 1989 in TERRA CEIA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2439B
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.

THE STUDENT PLT STATED THAT DURING A SOLO X-COUNTRY FLT, HE HEARD UNUSUAL SOUNDS, BUT THERE WAS NO ENG FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. HE ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING IN A SOD FIELD. AFTER LANDING WITH A TAILWIND, HE WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE ACFT BEFORE IT CONTINUED INTO A DITCH & WAS DAMAGED. COMPANY PERSONNEL WERE UNABLE TO FIND ANY PREIMPACT PROBLEMS.

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

THE IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION BY THE STUDENT PILOT. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: TAILWIND CONDITIONS DURING THE LANDING AND THE PROXIMITY OF THE DITCH TO THE SELECTED LANDING AREA.

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