NTSB Identification: MIA90LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40502.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 03, 1989 in ZEPHYRHILLS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N6479P
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 PLT STATED THAT WHEN HE CONTACTED UNICOM, HE HEARD RUNWAY 32 WAS THE ACTIVE. BUT SINCE IT DOES NOT EXIST HE INTERPRETED THE ACTIVE AS RWY 22. AFTER TOUCHDOWN WITH A RIGHT QUARTERING TAILWIND, THE ACFT BOUNCED, DRIFTED OFF THE RWY, FLEW OVER A DITCH, STALLED, THEN TOUCHED DOWN IN SAND AND NOSED OVER. THE UNICOM OPERATOR STATED THAT HE HEARD THE PILOT CALL FOR A RUNWAY ADVISORY, BUT BEFORE HE COULD ISSUE AN ADVISORY THE PILOT RESPONDED 'UNDERSTAND 22 ZEPHYRHILLS.' THE OPERATOR THEN ADVISED THAT THE WINDS WERE FAVORING RUNWAY 36, BUT THERE WAS NO RESPONSE FROM THE PILOT. THE PILOT ALSO STATED HE DID NOT FLY OVER THE FIELD TO OBSERVE THE WINDSOCK.

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

THE STUDENT PILOT NOT OBTAINING THE CURRENT WIND INFORMATION WHICH RESULTED IN SELECTING THE WRONG RUNWAY FOR LANDING; IMPROPER RECOVERY FROM A BOUNCED LANDING. CONTRIBUTING FACTOR(S) WAS: THE STUDENT PILOT'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE AND THE TAILWIND CONDITIONS.

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