Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Cessna 150L, N150LF: Accident occurred April 20, 2020 in Hamburg, Erie County, New York -and- Incident occurred February 28, 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hamburg, NY
Accident Number: ERA20CA156
Date & Time: 04/20/2020, 1330 EDT
Registration: N150LF
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, after completing the landing roll on a grassy area adjacent to an asphalt runway, the main landing gear dug into an area of soft grass, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, vertical stabilizer, and rudder. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper decision to land on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Soft surface - Effect on equipment
Environmental issues Soft surface - Decision related to condition

Factual Information

History of Flight
Landing-landing roll Miscellaneous/other
Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/23/2020
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 448 hours (Total, all aircraft), 261 hours (Total, this make and model), 358 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46.8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N150LF
Model/Series: 150 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15073579
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/08/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1634 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5640 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2J
Registered Owner: KCG Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: KCG Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BUF, 705 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1354 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 29°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Saranac Lake, NY (SLK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hamburg, NY (4G2)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Hamburg Inc (4G2)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 751 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2465 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None 
Total Injuries:1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.700833, -78.914722 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

February 28, 2016: Aircraft on landing, ground looped.

Date:  28-FEB-16
Time:  23:22:00Z
Regis#:  N150LF
Aircraft Make:  CESSNA
Aircraft Model:  150
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
State:  Alaska

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