NTSB Identification: LAX90LA073.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41239.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 20, 1990 in COALINGA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/04/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2572Y
Injuries: 4 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 PILOT LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY AFTER ROLLING OUT ON FINAL DURING A NIGHT LANDING. HE STATED THAT HE GOT TOO LOW AND REALIZED IT WAS TOO LATE TO ADD POWER, SO HE MAINTAINED A LANDING ATTITUDE AND LANDED IN A RECENTLY PLOWED FIELD. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL DIFFICULTIES.

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

THE PILOT'S MISJUDGEMENT OF DISTANCE AND ALTITUDE TO THE RUNWAY, WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH, WHICH RESULTED IN HIS FAILURE TO ATTAIN THE PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT FOR LANDING. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: DARKNESS, HAZE, AND SOFT TERRAIN IN THE AREA WHERE THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN.

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