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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133572
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150G
Owner/operator:Franklin Flying Club
Registration: N3787J
C/n / msn: 15065087
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Franklin, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:BFK
Investigating agency: NTSB
On June 16, 1997, at 2005 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150G, N3787J, operated by the Franklin Flying Club, sustained substantial damage during takeoff from a bean field when it hit powerlines and impacted the ground. The certified flight instructor (CFI) received minor injuries and the student pilot received serious injuries. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight had departed the Franklin Flying Field, Franklin, Indiana, on a local instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The student pilot reported that he had started flying in the summer of 1996 and had logged approximately 18 hours. He did not fly during the winter and had recently started taking flight instruction again. He had a total of 20 hours of flight time when the accident occurred.

The student pilot reported that he and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) had both preflighted the airplane. The instructional training flight consisted of touch and go's at Franklin Flying Field. They departed for the local training area where they practiced power on and power off stalls. After about eight stalls, the instructional portion of the flight was over.

The CFI reported they flew to the student's house. A bean field which the student owned was adjacent to the house. The CFI and student decided to land in the bean field. The landing at the bean field had not been briefed prior to the instructional flight.

The bean field measured approximately 2,200 feet in length. The field had recently been planted and the bean sprouts were about one to four inches in height. The soil was very hard and rough due to the harvested corn stalks that produced a stubble on the ground. At the departure end of the field (west), there was a small hill, and a line of trees that ran perpendicular to the direction of takeoff. A powerline approximately 35 feet in height ran perpendicular to the direction of takeoff approximately 1,000 feet west of the departure end of the field.

The student pilot reported that the CFI made the landing which was uneventful. After a 30 minute stopover, the pilots prepared to depart. The CFI checked the fuel while the student pilot did the preflight.

The student pilot reported that he back taxied the airplane to the extreme east end of the field for takeoff to the west. He reported that the carburetor heat was checked before the takeoff roll. He reported that his hands and feet were on the controls when he applied full power. The student pilot reported that during the takeoff roll the CFI said, "My aircraft." The student pilot said he brought his hands all the way back when the CFI took the controls. The student pilot reported the CFI rotated the airplane about 900 to 1000 feet down the field. He reported the airplane climbed to about 100 feet. The student pilot reported that he looked out the window on the right and waved to the children who were at the 3 o'clock position. He reported that he never heard the engine sputter and did not remember the loss of engine power.

The CFI reported that the airplane performed normally during the instructional portion of the flight with no sign of loss of engine power. He reported that he checked the condition of the bean field prior to departing by taxiing the length of the field. The CFI reported that the field was 1500+ feet in length and 100 feet wide, with a small hill (mound) at the end of the field.

He reported an engine and control check was performed prior to takeoff and everything was normal. He reported that the short field takeoff procedure was used during takeoff. He reported the student pilot pushed the throttle to full power and began the takeoff run. The CFI reported that the airplane was rotated at 60 mph and it lifted off at approximately 900 to 1,000 feet in the takeoff roll. The CFI reported that shortly after the initial climb was established he felt a major power loss and a major decrease in the climb performance. He yelled something at the student pilot, but cannot rem


NTSB id 20001208X08081

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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