NTSB Identification: LAX88LA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35490.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 16, 1988 in CHICO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 200D, registration: N2977T
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AT THE END OF A CROSS COUNTRY FLT, WHILE IN THE PATTERN TURNING FROM BASE TO FINAL, THE PLT STATED THAT THE ARPT ENVIRONMENT WAS LOST. AT THE SAME TIME, THE INSTRUMENT WHITE LIGHTS, UNDER THE GLARESHIELD BEGAN TO FLICKER WHICH DROWNED OUT THE NORMAL INSTRUMENT LIGHTING. THE PLT DOES NOT REMEMBER THE OCCURRENCES FROM APRX 1000 FT AGL WHILE TURNING TO FINAL TO THE TIME THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN, APRX 1 MILE SHORT OF THE RWY. OTHER THAN THE FLICKERING LIGHTS, THERE WERE NO OTHER MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS REPORTED.

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

AIRCRAFT CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

INSTRUMENT LIGHT(S)..FLUCTUATING


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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