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Landing Area Undershoot: Cessna 150L, N18601; accident occurred August 30, 2016 at Rosenau Airport (21ND), Upham, McHenry County, North Dakota

Impact Point

Impact Point and Wreckage

Main Wreckage

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota 

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

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


Location: Upham, ND
Accident Number: CEN16LA350
Date & Time: 08/30/2016, 2035 CDT
Registration: N18601
Aircraft:CESSNA 150L 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 30, 2016, about 2035 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 150L airplane, N18601, impacted terrain short of the grass runway at Rosenau Airport (21ND), Upham, North Dakota. The private pilot, the sole occupant, suffered serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was privately registered and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed from 21ND about 1900.

The pilot reported that he was returning from a local pleasure flight and was approaching his unlighted, grass airstrip to land to the west, and into the setting sun. He said the sun had already set, but there was light to the west. He did not remember the crash. The airplane impacted a river bank near the approach end of the runway, 6 ft below the elevation of the runway, nosed over and traveled 42 ft before coming to rest upside down. Sunset occurred at 2032 and civil twilight ended at 2104.

Examination of the airplane showed that the fuselage was buckled behind the cockpit and the left wing spar was bent. The pilot indicated on his submitted NTSB Accident/Incident report there were no malfunctions with the airplane prior to the accident.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot did not hold a current medical certificate. The pilot's reported last medical examination was for a third class medical on May 5, 2012. The last annual inspection of the airplane was November 30, 2013. No pilot or maintenance logbooks were recovered during the investigation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 80, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/22/2012
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 292 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N18601
Model/Series: 150L 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15073976
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/30/2013, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
Engine Model/Series: O-200 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMOT, 1714 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1954 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 221°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 28.27 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Upham, ND (21ND)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Upham, ND (21ND)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  UTC
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Rosenau (21ND)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1450 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2500 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 48.582222, -100.849722 (est)

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