NTSB Identification: LAX93LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 50908.
Accident occurred Friday, January 22, 1993 in PACOIMA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/25/1993
Aircraft: BEECH 58P, registration: N4458S
Injuries: 2 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 ACCIDENT WAS WITNESSED BY BOTH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS IN THE TOWER CAB AND VARIOUS PILOTS AND MECHANICS AT THE AIRPORT. ACCORDING TO THEIR OBSERVATIONS, THE AIRCRAFT'S FINAL APPROACH WAS 'HOT, HIGH AND LONG.' THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY DOWN THE RUNWAY AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER BEGAN TO SKID. THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO SKID SIDEWAYS AND A MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE ENCOUNTERED A TAIL WIND ON FINAL WHICH CAUSED HIS AIRSPEED TO BE EXCESSIVE AND THE AIRCRAFT TO FLOAT. HE FURTHER REPORTED THAT JUST AFTER TOUCHDOWN WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS SKIDDING HE REACHED FOR THE FLAP CONTROL LEVER. THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS IN THE TOWER CAB REPORTED THAT THE WINDS WERE CALM AT THE TIME OF THE AIRCRAFT'S APPROACH AND LANDING.

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

THE PILOT'S POORLY PLANNED APPROACH, HIS USE OF AN EXCESSIVE AIRSPEED ON FINAL APPROACH AND HIS IMPROPER USE OF THE BRAKES. A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WAS HIS LIMITED EXPERIENCE IN BOTH MULTI ENGINE AND IN THE ACCIDENT AIRCRAFT.

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