NTSB Identification: ATL87FA052.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33177.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 01, 1987 in NEWVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N8780S
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 AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AT LOW LEVELS DURING AN ORIENTATION/PLEASURE FLIGHT FOR A FRIEND'S OUT-OF-TOWN RELATIVE VISITING OVER THE HOLIDAYS. THE PROFESSIONAL MILITARY PILOT HAD BEEN CHECKED OUT IN THE CIVILIAN CESSNA 150 SIX WEEKS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE PILOT'S RECORD INDICATED NO PRIOR CIVILIAN FLIGHT EXPERIENCE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA AFTER COLLIDING WITH TREES AT 137 MPH AT A 33 DEGREE DESCENT ANGLE. THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT REVEAL ANY MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES WITH THE AIRCRAFT.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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