NTSB Identification: ATL87LA156.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33959.
Accident occurred Monday, June 01, 1987 in BUNN, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA C-152, registration: N46411
Injuries: 2 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 AIRPLANE NOSED OVER DURING A PRECAUTIONARY LDG IN A SOFT, DIRT FIELD. THE PLT AND A MECHANIC HAD BEEN FERRYING THE AIRPLANE BACK TO ITS BASE AFTER REPLACING THE STARTER AND BATTERY SOLENOIDS, AND THE BATTERY. THE PRE-FLT RUN-UP HAD REVEALED NO PROBLEMS AND THE AMMETER HAD INDICATED A 'FULL CHARGE'. ACCORDING TO THE PLT. ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER DEPARTURE, THE INTERIOR LIGHTING BEGAN TO DIM AND THE AIRPLANE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FAILED. THE PLT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY UNABLE TO LOCATE THE DESTINATION AIRPORT OR AN ALTERNATE; HE THEN BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF FUEL AND ELECTED TO MAKE THE PRECAUTIONARY LDG. POST-ACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM BY THE FAA REVEALED THAT THE ALTERNATOR HAD FAILED INTERNALLY AND THAT THE BATTERY WAS COMPLETELY DISCHARGED. THE INSPECTOR ALSO OBSERVED THAT THE ALTERNATOR 60 AMP CIRCUIT BREAKER WAS 'POPPED'. THE PLT REPORTED HAVING APPROX 5 HRS TOTAL NIGHT FLT EXPERIENCE, APPROX 1 OF WHICH WAS OBTAINED IN THE LAST 90 DAYS.

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ALTERNATOR..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE




Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT



Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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