NTSB Identification: LAX92LA306.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46333.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 19, 1992 in KERNVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N5247K
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 AIRPORT PROVIDED THE PILOT WITH AN AIRPORT ADVISORY INDICATING THAT RUNWAY 35 WAS RECOMMENDED DUE TO THE SURFACE WINDS COMING FROM THE WEST/NORTHWEST AT 15 KNOTS. THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND TO THE SOUTH ON RUNWAY 17. ON THE INITIAL LANDING ATTEMPT THE PILOT EXECUTED A GO-AROUND. THE PILOT FAILED TO ATTAIN THE PROPER TOUCH DOWN POINT AND INSTEAD OF EXECUTING A GO-AROUND THE PILOT LANDED LONG ON THE SECOND LANDING. REALIZING THAT THE REMAINING RUNWAY WAS INSUFFICIENT TO STOP THE AIRPLANE ON THE RUNWAY, THE PILOT ELECTED TO TAKEOFF. SHORTLY AFTER LIFT-OFF THE MAIN LANDING GEAR STRUCK THE 3-FOOT HIGH STONE EMBANKMENT LOCATED ABOUT 120 FEET BEYOND THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPORT FACILITY DIRECTORY IDENTIFIES THE 3-FOOT HIGH STONE EMBANKMENT.

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

THE PILOT'S SELECTION OF THE WRONG RUNWAY; POORLY PLANNED APPROACH; FAILURE TO ATTAIN THE PROPER TOUCH DOWN POINT; AND DELAY IN EXECUTING THE GO-AROUND. CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE EXISTING TAILWIND AND CROSSWIND.

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