NTSB Identification: CHI83LA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20231.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 10, 1983 in VERNON, IL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N8222W
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 AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE END OF A RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A DITCH. THE STUDENT PILOT ON HIS FIRST SOLO CROSS COUNTRY HAD BECOME DISORIENTED AND LANDED 95 MILES OFF COURSE. HE HAD BEEN FLYING 2 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO REACH ENROUTE STOP AFTER 1 HOUR AND 10 MINUTES. THE WEATHER WAS VMC AND NO FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED. THE PILOT MADE HIS PRECAUTIONARY LANDING DOWNWIND AND COULD NOT STOP ON THE WET,ICY, SOD RUNWAY WHICH WAS 2175 FEET LONG. EVEN THOUGH THE WEATHER WAS VMC THE VISIBILITY WAS RESTRICTED TO 5 MILES IN HAZE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ONE THIRD DOWN THE LENGH OF THE RUNWAY BEFORE TOUCHDOWN ON LANDING AND BRAKING WAS POOR DUE TO CONDITION OF THE SURFACE.

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ICY


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..WET

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