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N959B accident description

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Crash location 43.663056°N, 84.261389°W
Nearest city Midland, MI
43.615583°N, 84.247212°W
3.4 miles away
Tail number N959B
Accident date 01 Jun 2004
Aircraft type Cessna 150
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 1, 2004, at 0915 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150, N959B, collided with the terrain during a go-around from runway 24 (3,800 feet by 24 feet, asphalt) at the Jack Barstow Airport (3BS), Midland, Michigan. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage. The 14 CFR Part 91 solo instruction flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The local flight originated at 3BS at 0910.

The student reported he maintained an airspeed of 70 miles per hour with 20 degrees of flaps until he began the landing flare. He stated the airplane ballooned and drifted "slightly right" during the flare. He applied left aileron in an attempt to realign the airplane, but it veered to the left. He stated he then added full power at which time the airplane banked to the left. The left wing contacted the ground and the airplane cart wheeled, slid across a taxiway, and came to rest alongside a ditch.

The student pilot stated he made 5 takeoffs and landing with his flight instructor on the morning of the accident. The accident occurred on the first solo landing of the day. The accident occurred on the student's second supervised solo flight. He reported having .5 hours of pilot in command flight time prior to this flight.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot failed to maintain control of the airplane during the go-around. A factor associated with the accident was the student's lack of experience.

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