NTSB Identification: LAX88FA144.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36028.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 31, 1988 in TORRANCE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N6574J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

JUST AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PLT NOTICED THAT THE AIRSPEED INDICATOR WAS INOPERATIVE. THE PLT NOTIFIED THE TOWER THAT HE WAS RETURNING FOR LANDING AND STATED THE PROBLEM. DURING THE TURN FROM BASE TO FINAL APPROACH, THE PILOT OVERSHOT BOTH THE RIGHT AND LEFT RWYS. THE ACFT WAS LANDED TO THE LEFT AND SHORT OF THE RWYS WHERE, DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TWO PARKED VEHICLES. INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS, HOWEVER, DUCT TAPE WAS FOUND WRAPPED AROUND THE PITOT VANE. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT LOGBOOKS REVEALED A PITOT/STATIC TEST WAS ACCOMPLISHED JUST PRIOR TO THIS FLIGHT. THE MECHANIC WHO PERFORMED THE TEST STATED THAT HE DID NOT REMOVE THE TAPE.

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

PITOT/STATIC SYSTEM..BLOCKED(TOTAL)

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

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

GO-AROUND..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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