NTSB Identification: LAX95LA042A
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 1994 in SANTA PAULA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1995
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA5, registration: N6353L
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF N6353L WAS ON AN EXTENDED FINAL APPROACH AND HAD REPORTED NUMBER THREE TO LAND. HE HAD CROSSED THE FIELD BOUNDARY WHEN HE HEARD A PILOT CALL 'SHORT FINAL' AND THEN SAW ANOTHER AIRCRAFT, N3537L. BEFORE HE COULD REACT, THE TWO AIRCRAFT COLLIDED. THE PILOT OF N3537L HAD REPORTED TURNING FINAL WHEN HE FELT HIS AIRCRAFT 'CATCH A WIRE.' AFTER THE COLLISION, THE PILOT OF N6353L CONTINUED THE APPROACH TO THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT OF N3537L STATED THAT HIS AIRCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS BECAME UNRESPONSIVE AND THAT HIS AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER AND STRUCK THE RUNWAY. AFTER COMING TO REST, A FIRE BROKE OUT IN N3537L'S ENGINE COMPARTMENT. BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE USING THE SANTA PAULA 122.9 CTAF VHF FREQUENCY. THE PILOT OF N3537L REPORTED HEARING THE TRANSMISSIONS OF OTHER TRAFFIC, BUT STATED THAT HE DID HEAR N6353L'S RADIO CALL. A GROUND WITNESS MONITORING THE FREQUENCY HEARD N3537L MAKE SEVERAL TRANSMISSIONS, BUT DID NOT HEAR N6353L MAKE ANY. THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER AIRCRAFT ON FREQUENCY AT THE TIME.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The failure of both pilots to maintain an adequate visual lookout for other aircraft in the traffic pattern, and the pilot's failure to effectively use the CTAF for position reports while in the pattern.

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