NTSB Identification: DEN88LA019.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34698.
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 03, 1987 in GREELEY, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N49209
Injuries: 2 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 RECENTLY CERTIFICATED PRIVATE PLT WAS TAXIING HIS ACFT TO RWY 9 FOR A NIGHT TAKEOFF. ANOTHER ACFT BEGAN ITS TAKEOFF ROLL ON RWY 9. AS A COURTESY, THE TAXIING PLT SWITCHED OFF HIS TAXI LIGHT SO AS NOT TO BLIND THE OTHER PLT. THE TAXIING PLT USED THE GLOW OF HIS WING TIP NAV LIGHTS TO SEE WHERE HE WAS GOING AND CONTINUED TAXIING. THERE WAS A SHARP CURVE IN THE TAXIWAY THAT THE PLT DID NOT SEE. THE ACFT TAXIED OFF THE TAXIWAY, DOWN INTO A DEPRESSION IN THE GROUND, AND NOSED OVER. THE WX WAS VFR BUT IT WAS A DARK NIGHT.

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

LANDING LIGHTS..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TAXISPEED..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,TAXIWAY LIGHTING..UNAVAILABLE


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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