NTSB Identification: ATL88LA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35240.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 17, 1987 in MURFREESBORO, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N757AD
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 STUDENT PLT BECAME LOST ON THE RETURN LEG OF HIS 1ST SOLO CROSS-COUNTRY FLT. HE ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LDG IN A PLOWED FIELD AFTER OBSERVING THE ACFT FUEL GAUGES INDICATING NEAR EMPTY. THE ACFT NOSEWHEEL SANK INTO SOFT DIRT DURING ROLLOUT AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER. TOTAL ELAPSED FLT TIME SINCE BEGINNING THE FLT WITH FULL FUEL TANKS WAS REPORTEDLY 2.6 HRS. THE CESSNA 152 POH INDICATES THAT THE ACFT SHOULD HAVE HAD AN EXPECTED ENDURANCE IN EXCESS OF 3 HRS UNDER EXISTING CONDITIONS. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS LOCATED APPROX 10 MILES FROM THE DESTINATION ARPT.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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