NTSB Identification: BFO85LA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29459.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 30, 1985 in GAITHERSBURG, MD
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N757MP
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.

AFTER NOT OBTAINING SURFACE WIND INFO AND NOT OBSERVING THE WIND SOCK, THE STUDENT PLT ENTERED FINAL APCH WITHOUT OBSERVING ANY SIGNIFICANT DRIFT. WHEN THE ACFT WAS AT NOSE-UP ATTITUDE. IT FLOATED AND STOPPED DESCENDING FOR A FEW SECONDS. SUDDENLY, THE PLT HEARD LOUD WHIPPING NOISES AND OBSERVED THE RIGHT WINGTIP CONTACTING THIN BRANCHES OF SMALL TREES. THE PLT MADE A GO-AROUND ATTEMPT. THE ACFT DID NOT ASCEND, BUT AFTER SEVERAL SECONDS THE RIGHT WINGTIP WAS FREE OF THE TREES AND THE ACFT RAPIDLY YAWED TO THE LEFT. AFTER ALIGNING WITH THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE, THE AIRCRAFT WHEELS CONTACTED THE RWY AT A NEARLY LEVEL ATTITUDE AND THE ACFT LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

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

WIND INFORMATION..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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