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Tail numberN3623J
Accident dateOctober 11, 2008
Aircraft typeCessna 150G
LocationCedar Lake, MI
Near 43.398889 N, -84.963889 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On October 11, 2008, at 1332 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150G, N3623J, piloted by a student pilot, impacted trees and terrain during initial climb from a private airstrip near Cedar Lake, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. The student pilot was seriously injured and his passenger was fatally injured. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and had the intended destination of Clare, Michigan.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the student pilot was the registered owner of the accident airplane. The student pilot had reportedly sold the airplane to the passenger prior to the accident flight. The passenger had an expired student pilot certificate, originally issued on February 11, 2002.

On the morning of the accident, the student pilot and his passenger flew from James Clements Municipal Airport (K3CM), Bay City, Michigan, to the private airstrip that was owned by the Great Lakes Adventist Academy. The student pilot was seated in the left seat during the flight and performed the landing. The student pilot and his passenger then attended a reunion hosted by the Great Lakes Adventist Academy for approximately 3 hours before deciding to depart for another function near Clare, Michigan.

According to the student pilot, the passenger performed the accident takeoff while seated in the right seat. The student pilot was seated in the left seat. The student pilot described the southeasterly grass runway, approximately 2,364 long by 100 feet wide, as being “very bumpy.” After rotation, the airplane was unable to clear the 60-70 foot high tree line situated at the departure end of the runway. The airplane impacted several trees before descending nose first into a residential backyard. An engine compartment fire ensued after impact, and was subsequently extinguished by first responders.

According to FAA regulation 14 CFR Part 61.89(a), a student pilot is prohibited from acting as pilot-in-command of an aircraft carrying passengers.

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