NTSB Identification: ATL87LA109.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33530.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 11, 1987 in BRANCHVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N8960S
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 REPORTED THAT THE ACFT APPEARED TO BE 'HOT' ON FINAL APPROACH DUE TO A TAILWIND, WHILE LDG AT THE PRIVATE AIRSTRIP. HE INITIATED A GO-AROUND TO AVOID 50-60 FT TREES AT THE FAR END OF THE RWY AND MADE A CLIMBING RIGHT TURN. THE STALL WARNING SYSTEM ACTIVATED DURING THE CLIMBING TURN. THE AIRSTRIP OWNER WHO WITNESSED THE GO-AROUND REPORTED THAT THE TURN WAS STEEP AND NOSE HIGH, AND OCCURRED ABOUT HALF-WAY DOWN THE RWY. THE ACFT PITCHED NOSE-DOWN AFTER CLEARING SOME HIGH TREES TO THE SIDE OF THE RWY, AND DISAPPEARED FROM HIS SIGHT. THE ACFT LEFT WING SUBSEQUENTLY STRUCK A LARGE DEAD TREE IN A PASTURE AND THE ACFT FELL TO THE GROUND UPRIGHT. THE AIRSTRIP OWNER REPORTED THAT THE WINDS AT THE TIME WERE CALM. THE WIND 18 NM AWAY AT BHM WAS REPORTED TO BE FROM 310 DEGREES AT 4 KTS AT 1155 CDT.

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

PULL-UP..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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