NTSB Identification: MIA89LA256.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39543.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 1989 in GREEN COVE SPGS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/1992
Aircraft: COOLEY LONG-EZ, registration: N711KD
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT FLEW TO ANOTHER ARPT & MADE TOUCH & GO LNDGS. HE RPRTD THAT WHEN HE RETURNED, THERE WAS A LOW CEILING, BUT HE COULD SEE THE ARPT FROM SVRL MILES AWAY. DURING AN ATTEMPT TO LAND ON RWY 17, THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A GRASS COVERED DRAINAGE DITCH TO THE RIGHT OF THE RWY. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO STEER THE ACFT OUT OF THE DITCH. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT HIT A CULVERT & WAS EXTENSIVELY DMGD. A WITNESS ESTIMATED THE CEILING WAS 300' & THE WIND WAS FROM 360 DEG AT 8 KTS.

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

IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT, WHICH RESULTED IN HIS FAILURE (OR INABILITY) TO ALIGN THE ACFT WITH THE RUNWAY DURING THE LANDING. THE LOW CEILING, TAILWIND, AND DITCH WERE RELATED FACTORS.

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