NTSB Identification: CHI87LA207.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34889.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 03, 1987 in LUDINGTON, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N7502G
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.

DRG THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE ACFT WENT OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY. THE STUDENT RPRTD THE TAKEOFF ROLL SEEMED NORMAL UNTILROTATION, BUT WHEN THE NOSE WHEEL LIFTED OFF THE RWY, THE ACFT BEGAN TO VEER TO THE LEFT. HE STATED HE WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT THE SITUATION BY 'USING RIGHT RUDDER OR TAPPING THE RIGHT BRAKE,' SO HE REDUCED THE POWER TO 'FULLY OFF AND TRIED TO RIDE HER OUT ON THE GRASS.' HOWEVER, WHEN THE ACFT CROSSED A SHALLOW DITCH, THE PROP CONTACTED THE GND & THE ACFT NOSED OVER. TIRE MARKS WERE FND ON THE RWY FOR ABOUT 500', THEN THEY CONTD FOR APRX ANOTHER 200' UNTIL THE ACFT NOSED OVER. A POST ACDNT INSPN REVEALED THE BRAKES & WHEELS WERE IN SERVICEABLE COND. ALSO, THE PARKING BRAKE WAS OFF & THE BRAKES OPERATED NORMALLY. THE PLT RPRTD A QUARTERING X-WIND FM THE NORTHWEST AT 7 KTS.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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