NTSB Identification: LAX88LA142.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38624.
Accident occurred Monday, March 28, 1988 in VALLEY CENTER, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/23/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N4376F
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 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.

WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT ROTATE TO A HIGH PITCH ATTITUDE DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF. THEY SAID THE ACFT THEN ENTERED A LEFT TURN & DESCENDED TO THE GROUND. IMPACT OCCURRED ON RISING TERRAIN, BEYOND A GULLY, ABOUT 200 FT EAST OF THE DEPARTURE END OF RWY 17. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING AN EXAM OF THE ACFT, THOUGH IT WAS EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED DURING IMPACT. THE PLT HAD RPRTD 2000 HRS OF FLT TIME DRG APPLICATION FOR A MEDICAL CERT ON 4/29/87. A DRUG SCREEN OF THE PLT'S URINE SHOWED THE PRESENCE OF MARIJUANA METABOLITES. A TOXICOLOGY CHECK OF HIS BLOOD SHOWED A CARBOXY-THC LEVEL OF 47 NG/ML. A PARTIALLY SMOKED MARIJUANA CIGARETTE, A MARIJUANA PIPE WITH FILTERS & SOME UNIDENTIFIED SEEDS WERE FOUND IN THE CABIN OF THE ACFT AFTER THE ACDNT.

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(DRUGS)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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