NTSB Identification: CHI88LA020.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35875.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 07, 1987 in NEW HUDSON, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N46065
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 PILOT WAS ON HIS FIRST SOLO FLIGHT. BEFORE TURNING ONTO FINAL APPROACH TO LAND, HE NOTICED ANOTHER AIRCRAFT AHEAD, ALREADY ON FINAL APPROACH. THE STUDENT DECIDED TO S-TURN FOR SPACING, BUT WHILE MANEUVERING, ALTITUDE WAS LOST. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE SAW TREES AHEAD, APPLIED POWER & INITIATED A CLIMB ATTITUDE TO CLEAR THE TREES. HOWEVER, THE LANDING GEAR HIT A TREE BRANCH & SUBSEQUENTLY THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT 100' FROM THE RUNWAY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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