NTSB Identification: LAX87LA100.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32180.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 28, 1987 in MESA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N95529
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.

DURING A LOCAL SOLO INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT, THE PILOT WAS PRACTICING PATTERN WORK. ON FINAL APPROACH THE PILOT REPORTED THAT NO CORRECTION FOR A CROSS WIND WAS REQUIRED. DURING THE FLARE THE PILOT STATED THE AIRCRAFT DRIFTED TO THE LEFT. UPON TOUCH DOWN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CENTERLINE THE AIRCRAFT STILL DRIFTED TO THE LEFT. THE AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE RUNWAY AT WHICH TIME THE PILOT ADDED POWER TO AVOID RUNNING INTO A DRAINAGE DITCH. THE AIRCRAFT BALLOONED OVER THE DITCH THAT PARALLELS RUNWAY 22R AND TOUCHED DOWN A SECOND TIME BETWEEN RUNWAYS 22L AND 22R AND COLLIDED WITH THE DRAINAGE DITCH THAT PARALLELS THE CENTER TAXIWAY.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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