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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA100
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 23, 2016 in Warren, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N7961F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The noncertificated pilot reported that, while he was taxiing to test the brakes, the airplane slid to the right, impacted a snowbank, and nosed over. He added that “this was not a flight, takeoff or landing. Simply went off [the] runway during a taxi test of [the] brakes.”
However, in a statement provided by the Sheriff’s office to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot stated that he was low on fuel and that, after he landed, he hit a snowdrift and nosed over.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The noncertificated pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing, which resulted in a runway excursion.