NTSB Identification: NYC87FA251.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35634.
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 1987 in BOXBOROUGH, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N25223
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE IFR FLIGHT FROM AUBURN-LEWISTON, MAINE TO THE MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE VORTAC FACILITY WAS WITHOUT INCIDENT. BOSTON CENTER CLEARED THE FLIGHT FOR THE VOR/DME INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE TO RUNWAY 21 AT THE UNCONTROLLED STOW/MINUTE MAN AIRPORT, STOW, MASSACHUSETTS. WITNESSES RESIDING BETWEEN EGORE, THE FINAL APPROACH FIX, AND THE AIRPORT, HEARD THE ENGINE REV UP TO A HIGH POWER SETTING MOMENTS BEFORE THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED THROUGH TREES AND POWERLINES. THEREAFTER, THE AIRCRAFT NOSED INTO AN ASPHALT ROADWAY AND CAME TO REST IN A BALL OF FIRE AT A POINT ABOUT 2.75 MILES SHORT OF THE RUNWAY THRESHOLD.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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