NTSB Identification: MIA88LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35420.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 02, 1987 in SAN ANTONIO, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2405F
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 WHILE ON A SOLO X-C TRAINING FLT. HE ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT HIS NON CONTROL TOWER DESTINATION AIRPORT VIA UNICOM. HE STATED THAT HE FLEW AROUND FOR 20 OR 25 MINS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE UNICOM CONTACT & WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN DOING SO. HE THEN ATTEMPTED TO LAND IN A FIELD WHERE THE ACFT FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN. THE STUDENT STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED TRAINING IN LOST PROCEDURES & KNEW HOW TO CONTACT ST. PETERSBURG FSS, THE NEAREST FACILITY TO HIM, BUT HE FAILED TO DO SO. THE STUDENT PLT COULD OFFER NO EXPLANATION AS TO WHY HE DID NOT CONTACT THEM OR SOME OTHER FACILITY.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING(EMERGENCY PROCEDURE(S))..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)


Contributing Factors

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

RADAR ASSISTANCE TO VFR AIRCRAFT..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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