NTSB Identification: SEA86LA014A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29363.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 17, 1985 in PULLMAN, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N3231V
Injuries: 2 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.

BEFORE THE PILOT USED THE RUNWAY AT AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT SHE FAILED TO LOOK FOR AND OBSERVE THE LANDING TRAFFIC. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH A COMMUNICATIONS RADIO. THIS WAS THE PILOT'S FIRST TAKEOFF OF THE DAY AND HAD PLANNED ON MAKING SEVERAL TOUCH AND GOES. DURING TAKEOFF THE PILOT HEARD A 'CRUNCH' BUT WAS UNAWARE OF THE LANDING AIRCRAFT'S PROPELLER STRIKE WHICH SLICED OFF 40% OF THE VERTICAL STABILIXER AND RUDDER. A NORMAL TRAFFIC PATTERN WAS FLOWN WITH A SUCCESSFUL LANDING.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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