NTSB Identification: LAX82FUQ12
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 22, 1982 in OXNARD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/22/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N63331
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE STUDENT PILOT DEPARTED HAWTHORNE, CA AT APPROXIMATELY 1000 PST ON A SOLO CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT TO PORTERVILLE, CA AND RETURN. DURING THE FLIGHT THE PILOT BECAME LOST AND LANDED AT VISALIA, CA. WHILE THERE HE OBTAINED FUEL AND DIRECTIONS TO PORTERVILLE AND DEPARTED. HE ARRIVED AT PORTERVILLE AT APPROXIMATELY 1420 PST, MET A FRIEND ON A SIMILAR FLIGHT AND BOTH AIRCRAFT DEPARTED AT 1455 PST. THEY ARRIVED AT LOMPOC, CA AT 1715 PST WHERE THE FIRST PILOT DECIDED TO FLY BACK TO SANTA MARIA, CA TO PURCHASE FUEL. AFTER LANDING AND PURCHASING FUEL THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ON A VFR FLIGHT PLAN AT APPROXIMATELY 1720 PST WITH HAWTHORNE, CA AS THE DESTINATION. AT 1855 PST, THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED APPROACHING THE THRESHOLD OF RUNWAY 07 AT THE VENTURA COUNTY AIRPORT, OXNARD, CA. THE TOXICOLOGY REPORT ON THE PILOT SHOWED A 48% CARBON MONOXIDE SATURATION IN HIS BLOOD CONTAINING 9.4% HEMOGLOBIN. THE EXHAUST SYSTEM WAS INSPECTED AND THE LEFT HAND MUFFLER SHOWED SIGNS OF INTERNAL LEAKAGE INTO THE CABIN HEATER SYSTEM.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT(CARBON MONOXIDE)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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