NTSB Identification: BFO88FA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37629.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 1988 in NEW CUMBERLAND, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 310L, registration: N2220F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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.

THE PLT WAS DOING LOW PASSES DOWN RWY 04 WHEN ACCORDING TO THE PLT HE STRUCK A LARGE BIRD AFTER THE SECOND PASS JUST WHEN HE WAS STARTING TO CLIMB ABOUT ONE-HALF MILE FROM THE RWY END. THE PLT SAID THAT THE BIRD SHATTERED THE WINDSCREEN CAUSING THE PLT FACIAL INJURIES AND THE DISLODGING OF HIS EYEGLASSES. THE PLT TURNED BACK TO LAND ON RWY 22; HOWEVER, HE MISTAKENLY ALIGNED THE ACFT WITH RWY 19. HE STRUCK A TREE SHORT OF THE RWY AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND ON A COURSE ALMOST PERPENDICULAR TO THE RWY. DURING THE IMPACT SEQUENCE BOTH ENGINES SEPARATED AND DAMAGED 2 PARKED ACFT AND 3 PARKED CARS. A WITNESS SAID THE ACFT STRUCK A TREE ABOUT ONE HALF MILE FROM THE AIRPORT BEFORE IT TURNED BACK TO THE AIRPORT TO LAND. THE ACFT AND A GROUND SEARCH DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF A BIRD STRIKE. THE PILOT REPORTED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION.

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

LOW PASS..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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