Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Alexander Field Airport

Wisconsin Rapid, Wisconsin 54494
Monday, February 21, 2000 17:00 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane exited the left side of the runway during takeoff and contacted a snowbank. The student pilot was performing solo takeoff and landing practice during the accident flight. In his written statement, the pilot said that the accident takeoff was his third takeoff. He said that when he was near takeoff speed the, '...tail end of [the] airplane started to fishtail badly....' He said that he attempted to correct and subsequently exited the left side of the runway and hit a snowbank. Postaccident examination of the aircraft failed to reveal any anomalies that could be associated with a preexisting condition.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control. Factors were the pilot's lack of total experience and the snowbank.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date2/21/2000 
Event Day of the WeekMonday 
Time of Event1700 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityWISCONSIN RAPID 
Event StateWISCONSIN 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site54494  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportALEXANDER FIELD  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDISW  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation1021 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1654 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDISW  
Elevation of weather observation facility1021 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-2 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)200 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)252 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateFeb 22 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time900 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 4 2001 7:06AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN22017 
NTSB NumberCHI00LA074  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna  
Aircraft Model150H  
Aircraft Series Identifier150H  
Aircraft Serial Number60613  
Certified Max Gross Weight1600 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionUnknown 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameKURT R. GROSS  
Aircraft Owner Street Address236 AIRPORT HANGAR DRIVE  
Aircraft Owner CityWISCONSIN RAPID 
Aircraft Owner StateWI 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode54494  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Instructional 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeISW  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1645 
Departure Time ZoneCST 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 4 2001 7:06AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location20  
Runway Length5500 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--