The student pilot had an endorsement from his CFI to fly the Cessna 150 from the departure airport to another airport near Naples, Maine. During the flight the student pilot decided to make an unauthorized stop and land on a frozen lake to visit a friend.
The lake was covered with a layer of slush and snow. When the airplane touched down on the slushy surface, the nose landing gear collapsed and the plane flipped on to its back.
The NTSB determined the cause of the accident to be the student pilot’s improper decision to land on a frozen lake.
NTSB Identification: ERA13LA151
This March 2013 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.