Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Baraboo, Wis. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The non-instrument-rated student pilot departed on a 108-nautical-mile cross-country flight. He did not have an instructor’s endorsement to conduct the cross-country flight and was carrying a passenger, contrary to regulations.
He had only accumulated 0.5 hours of simulated instrument training. The weather at departure was reported as a few clouds at 8,000 feet above ground level AGL and 10 miles of visibility. The weather near the destination airport was reporting instrument meteorological conditions with four miles of visibility and an overcast ceiling at 700 feet AGL. There was no record that the pilot had obtained a weather briefing prior to the flight.
The radar track of the accident flight contained several course and altitude changes. During the last 15 miles, the flight path was jagged and culminated in a right turn with the airplane completing about 1-1/2 turns before the end of the data. The last radar position was about 0.57 miles from the accident site and about 1,600 feet AGL.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s inadequate preflight planning and his decision to continue the flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in a subsequent loss of airplane control.
This March 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.