Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Cessna 150M, N3229V: Accident occurred January 01, 2018 in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Nampa, ID
Accident Number: GAA18CA095
Date & Time: 01/01/2018, 1930 MST
Registration: N3229V
Aircraft: CESSNA 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of visual reference
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, after departure in dark night conditions, he became disoriented about two-thirds of the way to his destination airport. He added that he circled over a nearby town for about an hour but was unable to find any visual references to aid in navigation. The pilot then called a family member on the ground, who provided guidance to the destination airport via a phone tracking application. He added that he spotted what appeared to be the destination airport, maneuvered for approach, and during the landing flare, he realized he was not at the airport. The pilot landed on a roadway that was about 6 miles from his intended destination. During landing, the airplane struck trees, landed on a road, veered left, and impacted a light pole.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing.

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 geographic disoriention during a night flight, which resulted in an off-airport landing.


Personnel issues
Geographic disorient (lost) - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Dark - Effect on personnel
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome
Pole - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of visual reference (Defining event)

Off-field or emergency landing

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/27/2013
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/26/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 73.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12 hours (Total, this make and model), 33.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N3229V
Model/Series: 150 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15076429
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7430 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:  C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-200-A
Registered Owner: YAGUES, KEVIN
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:  Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMAN, 2537 ft msl
Observation Time: 0155 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 203°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -3°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: BURLEY, ID (BYI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  CALDWELL, ID (EUL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1700 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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:  43.611944, -116.504722 (est)

NAMPA, ID - A Boise man has been treated for minor injuries following a plane crash in Nampa Monday night.

About 9:00 p.m., Nampa Police officers responded to the area of East Terra Linda Way and Selland Way for a report of a crashed Cessna 150M. 

A family member of the pilot called from the scene and advised the pilot was already headed to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The pilot is a 28-year-old male and a resident of Boise, said Nampa Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tim Riha.

An initial investigation found the pilot had become disoriented while traveling from Burley to Caldwell -- and attempted to land at what he believed was the Caldwell Airport, Riha explained. “Upon attempting to land, he realized he was not at the airport but was unable to avoid crashing. The pilot was the lone occupant of the plane,” he said.

No other citizens were injured, and only minimal property damage occurred as a result of the crash. 

The investigation has been turned over to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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NAMPA — A 28-year-old Boise man suffered minor injuries when, police say, he became disoriented and crashed an airplane Monday night in Nampa. 

Nampa Police say they responded to East Terra Linda Way and Selland Way at 9 p.m. for a report of a crashed Cessna 150M. 

According to the initial investigation, the pilot became disoriented while travelling from Burley to Caldwell and tried to land where he believed was the Caldwell Airport. When readying to land, the man realized he was not at the airport but was unable to avoid crashing. 

Police say a family member of the pilot called from the scene and told police the pilot was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The pilot was the only occupant in the plane. 

No one else was injured. 

The investigation has been turned over to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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John Stackhouse said...

A $200 iPad VS. a totaled airplane. Even FlyQ has a free app for your iPhone that finds airports. Really stupid reason to crash land.

Anonymous said...

If the plane was configured for landing, why didn't he just set her down on that rather barren road. Such a waste of a good aircraft.

Geography challenged.....

Anonymous said...

^^ Yep, and we would have been none the wiser.

Charlie said...

Yeah, but if you are going to have a crash, it’s probably best to crash as close to a fire hydrandt as possible.

Anonymous said...

That road looks just like a runway with street lamps.