NTSB Identification: NYC87FA095.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34542.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 22, 1987 in PORT MATILDA, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152C, registration: N757BQ
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 UNIVERSITY STUDENT DEPARTED THE UNIVERSITY AIR PARK AIRPORT IN STATE COLLEGE, PA ON A LOCAL FLIGHT IN VFR WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE AIRCRAFT NOSED INTO THE GROUND IN AN APPROXIMATE 70 DEGREE DIVE ABOUT 10 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PILOT WAS ENGAGED IN LOW FLIGHT OVER HIS PARENTS RESIDENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING AN 'AIR DROP'. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT REVEAL ANY PRE-IMPACT FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS OR POWERPLANT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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