NTSB Identification: MKC87LA174.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35528.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 19, 1987 in CREIGHTON, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N2061V
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 FLT DPTD HARVARD, NE., WITH A DEST OF WAUSA, NE ABT 1 HRS FLYING DIST TO THE NORTHEAST. THE DEPARTURE COMMENCED ABT 1 HR AND 40 MIN'S PRIOR TO DARK. THE PIC STATED HE ENCOUNTERED STRONG HEADWINDS ALONG THE ROUTE WHICH DELAYED HIS PROGRESS. THE ACFT ARRIVED AT WAUSA AFTER DARK. THE PIC RPTD NO RWY LTNG AVAILABLE. THE PIC THEN CHANGED HIS COURSE TO LAND AT BLOOMFIELD, NE. THE PIC STATED NO LTNG WAS AVAILABLE THERE EITHER. THE FLT WAS CONTINUED TO CREIGHTON, NE. AGAIN THE PIC RPTD NO LNDG LTGS AVAILABLE, BUT DUE TO A LOW FUEL STATE, THE PIC DECIDED TO LAND. THE PIC STATED THAT DURING THE LNDG ROLL IN THE DARK, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED SOFT TERRAIN AND FLIPPED INVERTED. THE ACFT WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A LNDG LIGHT, NOR A RADIO. EACH ARPT WHERE A LNDG WAS ATTEMPTED, WERE EQUIPPED WITH RADIO XMSN ACTIVATED RWY LGTS. AN OPERABLE TRANSCEIVER IS MANDATORY TO ACTIVATE RWY LGTS.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT,TRANSCEIVER..NOT INSTALLED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT



Contributing Factors

LANDING LIGHT(S)..NOT INSTALLED

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