NTSB Identification: LAX88LA260.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37534.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 1988 in AGUA DULCE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N33043
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 ATTEMPTED A TAKEOFF FROM A 2,900 FT MSL ELEVATION AIRPORT WHEN THE OBSERVED UNOFFICIAL OUTSIDE AIR TEMPERATURE WAS A REPORTED 105 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. ALTHOUGH NO EXACT PRESSURE ALTITUDE WAS AVAILABLE AN APPROXIMATE DENSITY ALTITUDE OF 6,300 WAS DERIVED FROM THE TEMPERATURE AND ASSUMED PRESSURE ALTITUDE. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE SELECTED 20 DEGREES OF FLAPS FOR UPHILL TAKEOFF, AND, AFTER LIFTOFF, REDUCED THE FLAPS TO 10 DEGREES. AS THE AIRCRAFT CLIMBED OUT TOWARD RISING TERRAIN THE PILOT SAID THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT CLIMBING SUFFICIENTLY AND HE ELECTED TO TURN DOWN A CANYON TOWARD LOWER TERRAIN. THE RIGHT WING STRUCK A MODERATE SIZED BUSH ON THE TOP OF A RIDGE AND THE AIRCRAFT THEN COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. THE PILOT SAID THERE WAS NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS PRIOR TO THE GROUND COLLISION.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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