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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203696
Last updated: 10 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Registration: N3229V
C/n / msn: 15076429
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:NE of Nampa Municipal Airport (KMAN), Nampa, ID -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Burley, ID (BYI)
Destination airport:Caldwell, ID (EUL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, after departure in dark night conditions, he became disoriented about two-thirds of the way to his destination airport. He added that he circled over a nearby town for about an hour but was unable to find any visual references to aid in navigation. The pilot then called a family member on the ground, who provided guidance to the destination airport via a phone tracking application. He added that he spotted what appeared to be the destination airport, maneuvered for approach, and during the landing flare, he realized he was not at the airport. The pilot landed on a roadway that was about 6 miles from his intended destination. During landing, the airplane struck trees, landed on a road, veered left, and impacted a light pole.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s geographic disoriention during a night flight, which resulted in an off-airport landing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

02-Jan-2018 16:39 Geno Added
02-Jan-2018 18:59 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 20:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Aug-2018 19:45 Air Command Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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