GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA040
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA040
Event Id 20001212X20745
Local Date 04/02/2000
Local Time 1330
State AK
Airport Name EIGHT MILE AIRSTRIP
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location ON AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete FULL
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition UNKNOWN
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 3000
Cloud Type OVERCAST
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 135
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 15
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N704GK
Aircraft Make CESSNA
Aircraft Model 150
Aircraft Series M
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight UNDEFINED
Aircraft Use INSTRUCTIONAL
Flight Plan Filed VFR
Operator Name
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name MARY J. CANTRELL
Number of Seats 2
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated YES
Departure Airport Id ANC
Departure City ANCHORAGE
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point NO
Destination Airport Id SKW
Destination City SKWENTNA
Destination State ALASKA
Runway Id 18
Air Carrier Operating Certificates NO
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 1600

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Continental
Engine Model O-200
Engine Horsepower 100
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection CARBURETOR

INJURY INFORMATION
Injury Summary for Aircraft 1
Fatal Serious Minor None
Crew 0 0 0 0
Pass 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN/WATER
Phase of Operation: GO-AROUND (VFR)

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 2 BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED NO MODIFIER SPECIFIED PILOT IN COMMAND FACTOR
2 2 LANDED AT WRONG AIRPORT NO MODIFIER SPECIFIED PILOT IN COMMAND FACTOR
3 2 GO-AROUND DELAYED PILOT IN COMMAND FACTOR
4 2 UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA SELECTED PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE
5 1 LIGHT CONDITION OTHER FACTOR

Occurrence #2
NOSE OVER
Phase of Operation: GO-AROUND (VFR)

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
6 1 TERRAIN CONDITION SNOW COVERED




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On April 2, 2000, about 1330 Alaska daylight time, a wheel equipped Cessna 150M airplane, N704GK, sustained substantial damage while landing at a private airstrip located about 8 miles south of Skwentna, Alaska, at 61 degrees 57 minutes north latitude, 151 degrees 11 minutes west longitude. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country instructional flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The solo student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a VFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Anchorage International Airport, Anchorage, about 1300. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on April 3, the pilot reported that he had rented the airplane in order to complete his first solo cross-country flight between Anchorage, Skwentna, Talkeetna, and return to the Anchorage International Airport. He said that while en route, he mistakenly thought the accident airstrip was Skwentna, his first intended destination. He related that while on approach to the south, he encountered southeasterly winds estimated at 15 knots, with gusts to 20 knots. He said that while on final approach, as the airplane went below the adjacent tree line, the rate of descent increased. He then realized that he was not at his intended airstrip, so he attempted a go-around, but the airplane continued to descend. He said that as the airplane touched down, the main wheels contacted deep snow on the runway, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine firewall assembly. The pilot noted that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane. He also indicated that the flat lighting conditions made it difficult to discern his height above the terrain.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The solo student pilot reported that he had rented the airplane in order to complete his first solo cross-country flight. He said that while en route, he mistakenly thought the accident airstrip was Skwentna, his first intended destination. He said that while on approach to the south, he encountered southeasterly winds estimated at 15 knots, with gusts to 20 knots. He said as the airplane continued on the approach and went below the adjacent tree line, the rate of descent increased. He then realized that he was not at his intended airstrip, so he attempted a go-around, but the airplane continued to descend. As the airplane touched down on the runway, the main wheels contacted deep snow, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine firewall assembly. The pilot noted that the existing flat lighting conditions made judging the airplane's height over the terrain difficult.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing area. Factors associated with the accident were the pilot's disorientation, landing at the wrong airport, flat lighting conditions, and his delay in initiating a go-around.


END REPORT