NTSB Identification: LAX89LA052.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38438.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 19, 1988 in VAN NUYS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201T, registration: N4306M
Injuries: 1 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 LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT WHILE DESCENDING FOR LANDING AND COLLIDED WITH A POLE. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS CLEARED TO LAND BEHIND A KING AIR, ON RUNWAY 16R. THE PILOT STATED THAT ABOUT THE TIME HE DESCENDED TO 50 FEET AGL, NEAR THE THRESHOLD, HE ENTERED AN UNCONTROLLED RIGHT BANK, WHICH TURNED HIM 90 DEGREES TO THE LANDING RUNWAY AND HE STRUCK A POLE. THE ACFT THEN COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND OFF THE RUNWAY AND SLID INTO A CHAIN LINK FENCE. IT IS UNKNOWN WHERE THE KING AIR TOUCHED DOWN, BUT THE PILOT STATED THAT THE KING AIR'S APPROACH LOOKED STEEP (GREATER THAN A 3 DEGREE GLIDE SLOPE). THE PILOT STATED THAT HE MADE A NORMAL APPROACH AND TRIED TO TOUCH DOWN ON THE THRESHOLD. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE PIPER WAS ONLY A FEW SECONDS BEHIND THE LANDING KING AIR. THERE WERE NO REPORTED MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS OF THE AIRPLANE.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WAKE TURBULENCE..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND


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