NTSB Identification: ATL87LA259.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35158.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 15, 1987 in CONCORD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150G, registration: N2280J
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON CLIMBOUT, THE STU PLT SWITCHED RADIOS TO THE DEST UNICOM FREQ. UNABLE TO CONTACT ANYONE ON THAT FREQ, THE DEPARTURE ARPT FREQ WAS RESELECTED. NO CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED ON THIS FREQ SO THE STU PLT ATTEMPTED TO RTRN TO THE ARPT. THE HAZE WAS VERY THICK AND THE DEPARTURE ARPT WAS OVERFLOWN. AFTER ABOUT 30 MIN IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THE STU PLT WAS DISORIENTED. FOLLOWING PREVIOUS INSTRUCTIONS TO LAND PRIOR TO RUNNING OUT OF FUEL OR FLYING INTO NIGHT CONDITIONS, THE STU PLT STARTED LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE FIELD TO ACCOMPLISH THE OFF ARPT LANDING. REPORTEDLY THE ENG BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH DURING THIS SEARCH. AN APPROACH WITH AVAILABLE POWER WAS MADE TO A SOFT FIELD. UPON APPLICATION OF BRAKES, THE ACFT NOSED OVER. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED A VOICE ACTIVATED HEADSET AND AN UNLABELED SWITCH WHICH CONTROLLED COMMUNICATION OUTSIDE THE ACFT. THE NAVIGATION RADIO WAS NOT SET TO EITHER OF THE THREE VOR'S WITHIN RANGE. A WRITE-UP EARLIER IN THE DAY FOR THE ACFT STATED THAT THE COM RADIO WOULD NOT TRANSMIT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

NAVIGATION RECEIVER..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS..NOT POSSIBLE

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