NTSB Identification: LAX95LA236.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 02, 1995 in NEW CUYAMA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N61602
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING THE TAKEOFF HE ROTATED AND THE AIRCRAFT LIFTED OFF, BUT QUICKLY SETTLED BACK ONTO THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT THEN VEERED LEFT OFF THE RUNWAY, ENCOUNTERED SOFT SOIL, AND THE NOSE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. REVIEW OF THE NOTICES TO AIRMEN (NOTAM) FILE DISCLOSED THAT A NOTAM WAS ISSUED IN MARCH DENOTING THAT THE NEW CUYAMA AIRPORT IS CLOSED. UNDER THE ENTRY FOR THE AIRPORT IN THE MOST CURRENT FAA AIRPORT FACILITY DIRECTORY, THE REMARKS SECTION STATES: 'AIRPORT CLOSED INDEFINITELY. RUNWAY 10-28 (HAS) NUMEROUS POTHOLES AND DEBRIS AND WEEDS.'

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

the pilot's failure to attain and maintain an adequate airspeed, his premature rotation, and his failure to maintain directional control when the aircraft settled back onto the runway. The pilot's selection of a closed airport for the takeoff attempt was a factor.

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