NTSB Identification: LAX89LA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38433.
Accident occurred Monday, December 26, 1988 in CORONA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N89891
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 AIRCRAFT WAS FOUND ABANDONED AT THE AIRPORT. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD FLIPPED OVER ON RUNWAY 25. THE SOLE OCCUPANT, A MALE, WAS NOT INJURED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS MOVED BY THE OCCUPANT AND SEVERAL OTHER UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE TO A TIEDOWN AREA ON THE AIRPORT. A FAA INSPECTOR ARRIVED ON SCENE ABOUT ONE HALF HOUR AFTER THE ACCIDENT. THE FAA INSPECTOR COULD NOT LOCATE THE OCCUPANT OF THE AIRCRAFT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. 3 DAYS LATER THE AIRPLANE WAS TAKEN FROM THE AIRPORT BY AN UNKNOWN PERSON. THE AIRPLANE HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED. PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT, THE AIRPLANE HAD BEEN SOLD. THE NEW OWNER HAS NOT RE-REGISTERED THE AIRPLANE. THE PRIOR REGISTERED OWNER DID NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT OWNER.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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