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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133182
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150L
Owner/operator:Steven J. Bildman
Registration: N5964J
C/n / msn: A1500264
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Leonardtown, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:2W6
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB

On May 28, 1994, about 0825 eastern daylight time, a Cessna A 150L, N5964J, ditched in a pond during a forced landing descent, near Leonardtown, Maryland. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was destroyed. The flight was being operated by Airplane Sales and Service, Incorporated, of Hollywood, Maryland. The personal flight departed St. Mary's County Airport in about 0805 and was conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed.

According to the owner/operator, the airplane had been scheduled for an instructional flight on the morning of the accident. The accident pilot was not authorized to fly the airplane the morning of the accident. The dispatcher, who was familiar with the pilot, gave the airplane keys to the pilot.

On the morning of the accident, the pilot reported that he flew to his girlfriend's house about 15 nautical miles south of the airport. He wrote that he was doing a "Buzz job to get girlfriends attention." He further reported that he circled his girlfriend's house several times at an altitude of about 500 feet mean sea level. He said "...some turns pretty steep, maybe lost some altitude in turns."

The pilot reported that while maneuvering the airplane, he set the throttle to "...1800 RPM to keep the noise down...", he then stated "...the engine lost power-RPM drop to maybe 1200...engine power cut in/out a few times - a little vibration too." The pilot adjusted the throttle and mixture retracted flaps and tried to climb. He stated that he recognized the stall buffet and was unable to maintain altitude.

The pilot reported he prepared for an off airport landing and ditched the airplane in a pond due to the populated area below his flight path.

The pilot said that on short final he slowed the airplane and leveled the wings for landing. He said he unlatched the pilot's door and was reaching for the master switch when the airplane "...hit water." The pilot reported he exited the airplane and safely swam to shore. The airplane sank in about 25 feet of water.

Several witnesses who were playing golf collectively reported seeing the airplane circling the sub-division and the golf course. They reported hearing the airplane's engine sputter and then they observed the airplane land in the water.

The airplane was recovered from the bottom of the pond on May 30, 1994.


According to information supplied by the owner/operator, the pilot was qualified and current in the airplane in accordance with applicable FARs. Additional information pertaining to the pilot is contained in the pilot information section of the Factual Report of Aviation Accident/Incident, NTSB Form 6120.1/2.


According to witnesses and the pilot, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, which is the closest observing facility to the accident location, reported that 30 minutes prior to the accident the temperature was 54 degrees Fahrenheit and the dew point was 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Approximately 25 minutes after accident the station reported the temperature to be 61 degrees Fahrenheit with a dew point of 46 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the attached "Conditions Known Favorable For Carburetor Icing" Chart, conditions favorable for carburetor icing were present.


The accident site is located in the Breton Bay area of St. Mary's County, Maryland, about five miles southeast of Leonardtown. The accident site is a man-made pond with an irregular shape. The pond is located between a residential area and the Breton Bay Golf course.

The airplane sank to the bottom of the pond after impacting the water. Recovery of the airplane was successfully accomplished on May 30, 1994. An oily substance, appearing to be aviation fuel, rose to the surface of the pond during recovery.


NTSB id 20001206X01221

Revision history:

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

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