NTSB Identification: NYC82FGM13
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 14, 1982 in PATTON, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 150D, registration: N5945T
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 JOHNSTON, PA AT ABOUT 2000 EDT ON A RETURN FLIGHT TO EBENSBURG, PA. HE SAW THE DESTINATION AIRPORT AT ABOUT 2015 EDT AND ELECTED TO FLY LOCALLY AND PRACTICE MANEUVERS. AT ABOUT 2045 EDT, HE BECAME LOST AND FLEW A LARGE RECTANGULAR PATH TO FIND A LANDMARK. BY ABOUT 2100 EDT, IT WAS GETTING DARK AND HE ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD WITH DEEP FURROWS THAT WERE OBSCURED BY VEGETATION. THE LANDING WAS MADE ACROSS THE FURROWS ON SOFT TERRAIN. WHILE LANDING, THE GEAR WAS DAMAGED. AFTER TRAVELING ABOUT 90 FT, THE PLANE NOSED OVER.

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK




Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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