NTSB Identification: LAX89LA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37966.
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 1988 in EUREKA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 180H, registration: N7904V
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.

DURING THE TAKEOFF RUN ON CALM WATER, THE FLOATPLANE PILOT NOTICED THREE PYLONS AHEAD. HE FELT THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT SPACE TO ABORT, SO HE CONTINUED THE TAKEOFF. JUST BEFORE REACHING THE PYLONS, HE ROTATED THE AIRPLANE IN AN EFFORT TO LIFT-OFF & CLEAR THE OBSTACLES. THE PLANE BECAME AIRBORNE, BUT IT STALLED AND THE LEFT WING DROPPED AND STRUCK A PYLON. THERE WAS NO REPORTED MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE AIRPLANE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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