NTSB Identification: LAX99LA011.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 17, 1998 in SHELTER COVE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181, registration: N6870F
Injuries: 3 Fatal.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Two airplanes were being flown to the airport. The first airplane landed and the occupants watched the second airplane approach. The pilot of the first airplane commented that the second airplane was coming down too steep and fast to land. Witnesses stated the second airplane landed past the halfway point of the 3,400 foot runway at a high speed. A passenger from the first airplane noticed smoke from the tires after touchdown and thought it was the brakes being applied. Witnesses heard full power applied. The airplane struck a chain link fence on the airport perimeter during liftoff, shearing the nose landing gear off. The airplane then proceeded down a slope, struck a building and equipment, and came to rest on rocks on the opposite shore of a water inlet. After heavy wave action, the airplane subsequently sank in the turbulent water and was not recovered.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's excessive airspeed, failure to attain the proper touchdown point, and the delayed decision to initiate a go-around. Full narrative available
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