Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Red Oak, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on the third leg of a VFR solo cross-country flight. He was on approach to an airport where he planned to do a touch and go, then return to his initial departure airport.
During his first and second approaches for the touch and go he executed go-arounds due to what he described as turbulence when the airplane came into ground effect.
During the third approach, the airplane touched down to the left of centerline and began to skid to the left.
The student pilot stated that he applied the wrong rudder correction and the airplane went off the runway.
He added power and tried to abort the landing but the airplane stalled and came down hard on the left wing, then came to rest in a bean field adjacent to the runway.
The student pilot had a total of 25 flight hours in the airplane, with 4.2 hours as pilot-in-command (solo). The wind was calm at the time of the accident.
Probable cause: The loss of control while landing due to the student pilot’s delay to execute a go-around and his improper control inputs during a bounced landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA087
This November 2012 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.