NTSB Identification: LAX87LA080.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32513.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 10, 1987 in PALO ALTO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N46354
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 STUDENT PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD JUST FINISHED PRACTICING 4 TOUCH-AND-GO WITH HIS FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR THEN EXITED THE AIRCRAFT AND INSTRUCTED THE STUDENT TO PRACTICE 5 SOLO TOUCH-AND-GO. ON THE TAKE-OFF RUN JUST PRIOR TO ROTATION, THE PASSENGER DOOR OPENED. THE STUDENT ATTEMPTED TO CLOSE THE DOOR WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AND RAN OFF THE RUNWAY COLLIDING WITH THE TERRAIN AND NOSED OVER.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING(EMERGENCY PROCEDURE(S))..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DOOR,PASSENGER..OPEN

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