On August 3, 2000, at 1304 central daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N6087K, piloted by a student pilot, sustained substantial damage during a landing roll on runway 11 (6,500 feet X 150 feet, dry/concrete, asphalt) at Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI), near Bloomington, Illinois. The instructional solo flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot was uninjured. The flight originated from a private field near Normal, Illinois about 1230 and was practicing touch and goes at BMI at the time of the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The student pilot stated, "My first landing went smoothly and I went around for my second try. Because of the slight cross wind from the left, as I landed I touched the left main down just before the right main. As I brought the right main onto the [g]round I felt it shaking as if [it] were loose or something of that sort. It became better momentarily so I decided to power up and take off again. As I did, it immediately began to shake again. I quickly pulled the power so I could taxi to the ramp and take a look at it. Just as I took the power off I noticed the plane wanting to pull to the left. I tried to correct this with right rudder. Even with full right rudder I couldn't correct it enough to keep it on the runway. I then tried the right brake but it also did nothing to keep me on the runway. I then went off the runway and into the grass." He said, "I then saw a runway sign directly in front of me and began trying to move one way or the other in an effort to avoid the sign. No matter what I did I found myself unable to control the plane in any way. I then ran into and through the sign and across a taxi way. After re-entering the grass again I lost the nose wheel and the nose went down into the dirt."
At 1304, the BMI weather observation was: Wind 040 degrees at 12 knots; visibility 20 statute miles; sky condition scattered 2,000 feet broken 20,000 feet; temperature 25 degrees C; dew point 16 degrees C; altimeter 30.10 inches of mercury.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector performed a postaccident inspection of the airplane. The inspection revealed no anomalies. The FAA inspector examined the instructor pilot's and student pilot's records. No anomalies were found in the student pilot's training.