NTSB Identification: NYC87LA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32495.
Accident occurred Monday, February 16, 1987 in NEW PALTZ, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 180H, registration: N9708G
Injuries: 3 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 CESSNA 180/H WAS DEPARTING THE RUNWAY AT NIGHT WITH TWO PASSENGERS ON BOARD. THE PILOT LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AS THE TAIL CAME UP AND VEERED LEFT INTO A SNOW BANK. AFTER STRIKING THE LEFT SNOW BANK, THE AIRCRAFT VEERED RIGHT AND STRUCK THE RIGHT SNOW BANK. AFTER STRIKING THE RIGHT SNOW BANK, THE AIRCRAFT HIT A DRAINAGE DITCH AND THEN FLIPPED OVER. THE AIRCRAFT RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE AND THE THREE OCCUPANTS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. THERE WAS NO FIRE. THE TAKEOFF WAS INITIATED ON RWY 14. THE WINDS WERE REPORTED AS BEING FROM 040 AT 10 KTS WITH GUSTS TO 15 KTS.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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