NTSB Identification: LAX90LA286.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43777.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 12, 1990 in VACAVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/23/1992
Aircraft: Globe GC-1B, registration: N3314K
Injuries: 1 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 STATED HE MADE A NORMAL TAKEOFF AND WAS IN THE INITIAL CLIMB, WHEN HE MADE A HEADING CHANGE TOWARDS A LOW AREA IN THE HILLS. AT THAT TIME THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED TO THE LEFT INVERTED. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RECOVER FROM THE UNUSUAL ATTITUDE HE STRUCK THE HILLSIDE. THE OWNER REFUSED ACCESS TO THE AIRCRAFT FOR EXAMINATION AFTER ILLEGALLY REMOVING IT. THE WINDS WERE REPORTED TO BE 230 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS WITH PEAK GUSTS TO 23 KNOTS. A RESIDENT FLIGHT EXAMINER STATED THE WINDS WERE VERY 'CHOPPY'.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE ALTITUDE RESULTING IN AN INFLIGHT ENCOUNTER WITH AN UNFAVORABLE WIND AT A LOW ALTITUDE IN A HILLY TERRAIN.
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