NTSB Identification: CHI89FA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38324.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 22, 1989 in CORUNNA, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N66688
Injuries: 1 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.

AS THE STUDENT PILOT WAS PRACTICING STALLS, THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED A DESCENT & COLLIDED WITH SNOW COVERED TERRAIN. NO KNOWN WITNESSES SAW THE AIRCRAFT BEFORE IT IMPACTED THE GROUND, BUT A MOTORIST SAW A PLUME OF SNOW. WHEN HE INVESTIGATED THE OCCURRENCE, HE DISCOVERED THE PLANE HAD CRASHED. THE PLT WAS STILL ALIVE & STRAPPED IN THE AIRCRAFT. HE RPRTD TO PARAMEDICS, 'IT WAS MY FAULT, I WAS PRACTICING STALL . . .' LATER, HE SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE STUDENT PILOT TO MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO RECOVER FROM A PRACTICE STALL MANEUVER. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE PILOT'S VISUAL PERCEPTION OVER SNOW COVERED TERRAIN.

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