NTSB Identification: FTW88FA024.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34867.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 07, 1987 in BRYAN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/19/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N72137
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 STUDENT PLT TOOK OFF AT NGT WITH A PASSENGER ABOARD. AFTER TAKEOFF, HE REMAINED IN A LEFT TRAFFIC PATTERN & MADE A LOW APCH. WITNESSES RPRTD THE PLT THEN ENTERED A RGT PATTERN, BUT THE ACFT WAS LOWER & SLOWER THAN NORMAL AS IT WAS TURNING ON THE 2ND APCH TO RWY 13. THEY RPRTD THE ACFT ENTERED A STEEP RGT BANK & APPEARED TO STALL. BEFORE RECOVERING FROM THE STALL, THE ACFT CRASHED NEAR THE APCH END OF RWY 13. INITIAL IMPACT WAS ON A ROADWAY, THEN THE ACFT BOUNCED & HIT A UTILITY POLE BEFORE COMING TO REST ON ARPT PROPERTY. AFTER THE ACDNT, A CHECK OF THE PLT'S BLOOD SHOWED AN ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.149% (149 MG/DL). RPRTDLY, HE HAD RECEIVED 6.7 HRS OF NGT INSTRUCTION, BUT HAD ONLY FLOWN ABOUT 1 HR DRG THE PREV 90 DAYS. THE OWNER RPRTD THAT HE DID NOT AUTHORIZE THIS FLT.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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