Saturday, August 15, 2020

Collision During Takeoff: Cessna 150H, N50183; accident occurred July 11, 2018 near Gaston's Airport (3M0), Lakeview, Baxter County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lakeview, AR
Accident Number: CEN18LA274
Date & Time: 07/11/2018, 2030 CDT
Registration: N50183
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 11, 2018, about 2030 central daylight time, a Cessna 150H, N50183, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Lakeview, Arkansas. The student pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The student pilot reported that after takeoff from the grass airstrip at the resort, the left wing impacted a tree branch. The student pilot overcorrected from the impact and aerodynamically stalled the airplane. The airplane impacted a grass clearing and came to rest inverted near trees. The student pilot was extracted from the wreckage and transported via an air ambulance helicopter to a hospital for medical treatment.

The student pilot did not report any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage.

A witness reported that prior to the accident, she observed the student pilot with a white cup and the student pilot reported to the witness that the cup had a margarita in it. She further reported that she observed him about three times at the resort with two cups "every time." The student pilot invited the witness for a ride in his airplane, but she declined. About five minutes later, she heard the accident and she observed "all the cups" at the accident site. Local law enforcement found liquid believed to be alcohol in a white cup in the wreckage.

The student pilot had reported no chronic medical conditions and only the use of finasteride to the Federal Aviation Administration. After the accident, he reported to his health care providers that he had muscle spasms, major depression, hypertension, and was taking baclofen, bupropion, a combination tablet of lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide, as well as finasteride to treat these conditions. In addition, he admitted that he drank alcohol during the afternoon before the flight. The student pilot refused a blood draw from law enforcement and no clinical toxicology test was performed.

The student pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 110 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N50183
Model/Series: 150 H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15069114
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: O-200 Series
Registered Owner: Nathan W. Saul
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBPK, 928 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 74°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lakeview, AR (3M0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lakeview, AR (3M0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 2028 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Gastons (3M0)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 479 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3200 ft / 55 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 36.348889, -92.555833 (est)


  1. You'll read about this nut case again one day, that is if we haven't already.

  2. Wow you just couldn’t make this up if you tried!

  3. The rambling statement given is unlike any I have every read. I never expected things like: 'he had to poop', 'went to gift shop' and 'he would give us his room and he would sleep on couch'as being relevant to the crash. Bizarre.

  4. Bet he shit himself when he hit that tree...!

  5. I have seen some lucky bastards in my time but this guy wins them all.

    Totals the 150 as a Student Pilot (no license to pull), no fire on impact (maybe he didn't fill 'er up?), didn't kill himself (too relaxed), taking all kinds of medications and was self medicating with hard liquor but I'd guess his room would be available now since he was airlifted to the hospital.

    Just a really nice guy..., Hey, If you need to take a dump, my room's available...! What a babe magnet he was...!

    1. And it was his brother Nathans 150, registered in 2016. Nathan only had a student certificate also. Finasteride is Propecia, to grow back hair and increase that magnetism.

      Neither brother has since completed their PPL.

  6. Female witness has the penmanship and writing skills of a 3rd grader. She likely has the mentality of the same. Her 8-year-old nephew having to "poop" is relevant to absolutely zero. And, to think she is of legal age to drink, and to even vote, is scary!

  7. If rednecks would fly planes... case study.