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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132171
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Date:23-OCT-1993
Time:01:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Owner/operator:Michael R. Havermehl
Registration: N704US
C/n / msn: 15078890
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cynthiana, KY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On Saturday, October 23, 1993, about 0158 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150, N704US, piloted by Philip Habermehl, was destroyed when it struck trees during a balked landing to the Cynthiana Airport, Cynthiana, Kentucky. The pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. No flight plan had been filed for the flight operating under 14 CFR 91.

According to the Cynthiana Police Report, the student pilot and the passenger were drinking at a local Inn when the pilot asked the passenger if he wanted to "take a plane ride."

Several area residents reported to the police hearing an airplane that evening, between 2230 and 0130. The police report stated, "...he was coming in for a landing, fog was moving in low, visibility poor and lights were very faint on landing strip. Philip [the student pilot] saw some light over the hill and thought it was another plane so he made a right hand turn to avoid a head on collision. The plane stalled, then bounced...into some trees."

The airplane struck trees about 1/8 of a mile south of the runway, and came to rest on a highway. The police asked Mr. Habermehl for a blood test and he refused. The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector's report stated, "...Unknown if the airman was ever signed off for night flight...Witnesses indicated that the student pilot appeared impaired..."

Examination of the wreckage revealed that the flaps were in the up position.

During the investigation Mr. Philip P. Habermehl failed to respond to two requests for information. Mr. Michael R. Habermehl, the co-leaser, and Mr. Terry L. Nitz the airplane owner, also failed to respond to requests for information.

END OF REPORT
PROBABLE CAUSE:THE PILOT'S ABRUPT CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE ON SHORT FINAL TO THE RUNWAY, WITH THE FLAPS RETRACTED, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INADVERTENT STALL AND THE SUBSEQUENT COLLISION WITH THE TREES. A FACTOR IN THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE POOR JUDGEMENT OF THE STUDENT PILOT TO GO FLYING WITHIN 8 HOURS OF CONSUMING ALCOHOL, AT NIGHT, WITH A PASSENGER.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001211X13639


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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