NTSB Identification: CHI85LA163.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27795.
Accident occurred Friday, April 12, 1985 in EAST LIVERPOOL, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N15JT
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.

WHILE ON A NIGHT/SOLO X-COUNTRY FLT, THE ENG HAD A PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER. THE STUDENT ATTEMPTED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING AT A NEARBY ARPT, BUT THE RWY LIGHTS WERE NOT ILLUMINATED. AT FIRST, THE STUDENT DID NOT REMEMBER THAT THE LIGHTS COULD BE CONTROLLED BY KEYING THE RADIO. EVENTUALLY, HE CHANGED THE RADIO TO THE UNICOM FREQ (122.8) & TURNED ON THE LIGHTS. HE FOUND THAT THE ACFT WAS NOT IN A PROPER POSITION TO LAND, SO HE ELECTED TO LAND AT AN ANGLE TO THE RWY. DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT HIT A DITCH & NOSED OVER. A SUBSEQUENT TEARDOWN OF THE ENG REVEALED THAT THE #4 EXHAUST VALVE WAS STUCK IN THE FULL OPEN POSITION.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,VALVE,INTAKE..BINDING(MECHANICAL)

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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