NTSB Identification: MKC85LA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28402.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 03, 1985 in CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N54666
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 SOLO X-COUNTRY FLT, THE STUDENT PLT BECAME LOST/DISORIENDED. WHEN THE ACFT'S FUEL LEVEL BECAME LOW AT DUSK, THE STUDENT ELECTED TO LAND ON A GRAVEL ROAD. AS THE ACFT WAS ON THE LANDING ROLL-OUT, THE LEFT WING STRUCK A BRACE WIRE FOR A POWER LINE POLE. THE ACFT THEN SPUN AROUND ABOUT 180 DEG & CAME TO REST IN A DITCH. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED APRX 5 MI FROM THE DESTINATION ARPT. THE STUDENT ADMITTED THAT HE SHOULD HAVE USED HIS RADIO TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE.

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

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..GUY WIRE

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