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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236818
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Registration: N18601
C/n / msn: 15073976
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Upham, ND -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Upham, ND (21ND)
Destination airport:Upham, ND (21ND)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot had completed a local flight and was landing at his unlighted grass airstrip toward the west shortly after sunset. While landing, the airplane impacted a riverbank short of the runway, about 6 ft below the elevation of the runway, which caused the airplane to nose over and come to rest inverted. The pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing. The pilot did not recall the accident but reported that there were no malfunctions with the airplane that would have contributed to the accident. It is likely that the pilot did not obtain a proper aimpoint during the approach due to reduced visibility from the setting sun, which resulted in a landing short of the runway.  

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to obtain a proper aimpoint during landing due to reduced visibility from the setting sun.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 9 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

08-Jun-2020 08:40 ASN Update Bot Added

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