No Witnesses Observed The Accident

Location: Auburn, NE Accident Number: CEN23FA077
Date & Time: January 11, 2023, 19:24 Local Registration: N22859
Aircraft: Cessna 150H Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Instructional

On January 11, 2023, about 1924 central standard time, a Cessna 150H, N22859, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Farington Field Airport (K01), Auburn, Nebraska. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) information, the airplane departed Lincoln Airport (LNK), Lincoln, Nebraska, about 1845 and climbed to 3,500 ft mean sea level (msl). About 6 miles northwest of K01, the airplane began a descent and the last ADS-B information captured at 19:22:26 showed the airplane about 1.1 miles west of K01 at 105 knots groundspeed and about 1,900 ft msl. No witnesses observed the accident. The airplane impacted a farm field without crops while on a southeasterly heading about 1.2 miles south of the Runway 34 threshold at K01. The airplane came to rest upright about 135 ft southeast of the initial impact point.

The initial impact point included depressions in the field of all three landing gear, with the nose landing gear axle and nose landing gear steering rods found nearby. About 25 ft beyond the initial impact, ground impact marks were observed from both wing tips. Dirt and ground debris were embedded on the upper surfaces of both wings The nose landing gear tire was found about 200 ft southeast of the main wreckage. Crushing of the front fuselage (nose area) was consistent with a nose down attitude during impact. All components of the airplane were observed at the impact site, with no indications of a wire strike. Normal flight control continuity was confirmed. The wings flaps and wing flap actuator were both observed in the retracted position.

The fuel selector valve was observed in the ‘on’ position. Drained fuel from both wing tanks and the fuel bowl contained no indications of water or sediment.

The throttle control was observed in a mid-position and was bent, and the mixture control was near the full forward (rich) position. The carburetor heat control was observed in the full forward (off) position. The cabin heat control was found in a mid-position and was bent, and the cabin air control was near the full forward (off) position.

The airplane was retained for further examination.