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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210303
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150
Registration: N6250T
C/n / msn: 15060950
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Siler City, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Lexington, NC (EXX)
Destination airport:Lexington, NC (EXX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, during a time-building, cross-country flight, the airplane had multiple mechanical malfunctions. On the fourth leg of the flight, he departed the airport and noticed that the airplane was low on fuel. He flew to a nearby airport, landed, and added 10 gallons of fuel.
After fueling, the airplane would not start, and the pilot asked maintenance personnel to jump the airplane’s battery. Then, during taxi to the runway, he noticed that the “radios and other electronics” were inoperative, but he continued to the runway. During the takeoff roll, he was startled by a loud noise in his headset, which he believed came from the airplane’s communication radio. He attempted to assess the problem during the takeoff roll, and the airplane veered off the right side of the runway into the safety area.
After regaining control, he taxied back to the approach end of the runway. He performed a flight control check and an engine power check and departed the airport.
The pilot reported that he then landed at a nontowered airport “to check out the aircraft.” He performed another flight control check and an engine run-up but did not exit the airplane “because of the starting issue.” The pilot then departed for the destination airport. He reported that he landed the airplane and taxied to parking. He recalled that he performed a postflight check of the airplane, but “other than grass and grass stains [he] did not see any damage.”
Later that evening, the airplane’s owner informed the pilot that the left wing was damaged.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing spar and aileron. 

Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper decision to take off with known electrical issues, which distracted him and led to a loss of directional control during the takeoff roll.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-May-2018 13:45 ASN Update Bot Added

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