NTSB Identification: LAX89LA004.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37108.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 1988 in AUBERRY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N20680
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE AREA THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND IN AND CIRCLED TO FAMILIARIZE HIMSELF WITH THE TERRAIN. HE THEN MADE A LOW PASS OVER THE DIRT RUNWAY AND CIRCLED TO LAND. THE FIRST ATTEMPT WAS DISCONTINUED BECAUSE THE PILOT FELT THAT HE AS TOO HIGH AND TOO FAST. HE WAS COMFORTABLE WITH THE SECOND ATTEMPT, BUT JUST BEFORE TOUCHDOWN, HE DECIDED TO GO AROUND DURING THE GO AROUND THE AIRPLANE COULD NOT PERFORM WELL ENOUGH TO CLEAR THE TERRAIN. THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES AND THE GROUND AND THEN CAUGHT FIRE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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