NTSB Identification: LAX93LA259.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 18, 1993 in GROVELAND, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/1994
Aircraft: RAYMOND LONG EZ, registration: N16LZ
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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WITNESSES STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE APPEARED NORMAL IN THE PATTERN, BUT WAS VERY LOW ON FINAL. THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES ABOUT 1/2 MI FROM THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY 27. ALL OF THE WITNESSES STATED THAT THEY HEARD NORMAL ENGINE SOUNDS THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE SUN'S BEARING WAS 284 DEG MAGNETIC AND WAS POSITIONED 2.1 DEG ABOVE THE HORIZON.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A PROPER GLIDE PATH DURING FINAL APPROACH. A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WAS SUN GLARE IN THE PILOT'S LINE OF VISION.

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