Loss of control Accident Cessna 150J N60676, Wednesday 11 January 2012
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Date:Wednesday 11 January 2012
Time:22:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 150J
Registration: N60676
MSN: 15070493
Year of manufacture:1969
Total airframe hrs:8252 hours
Engine model:Continental O-200 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Denmark, Wisconsin -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Manitowoc/Newton Municipal Airport, WI (MTW/KMTW)
Destination airport:West Bend Airport, WI (ETB/KETB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During the flight before the accident flight, the airplane's cockpit lighting failed and the pilot landed at an alternate airport. Later, a witness saw the pilot walking back to the airport with a 12-pack of beer, and said that the pilot explained that he was going to drink beer and sleep until morning in the airplane. However, the pilot fueled the airplane at a self-service fuel pump and departed for his home airport later that night. Witnesses near the accident site reported seeing an airplane maneuvering at a low altitude with the exterior lights turning on and off. During postaccident interviews, the pilot reported that he did not have interior lighting and was attempting to restore the airplane's interior lighting by turning the exterior lighting on and off. He also stated that he was having difficulty maintaining control of the airplane. The pilot subsequently lost control of the airplane, which entered an unusual attitude and was not recovered before colliding with trees. Subsequent testing revealed that the pilot had a blood alcohol level of 0.138 g/100 ml. The legal limit for operating an airplane is 0.04 g/100 ml. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the bulb for the interior lighting had burned out.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of control due to his alcohol impairment. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's decision to fly at night with a known interior lighting malfunction.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN12LA133
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report




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