NTSB Identification: BFO87LA029.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33155.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 08, 1987 in MIDLAND, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 205, registration: N8381Z
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 PLT STATED THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME HE HAD EVER LANDED ON RWY 32. DURING THE LNDG APCH, ABOUT 15 SECS BEFORE TOUCHDOWN, HIS EYEGLASSES BROKE AND FELL OFF HIS FACE. HE REACHED FOR HIS SPARE EYEGLASSES THAT WERE ON TOP OF THE INSTRUMENT PANEL; HOWEVER, DURING THIS EFFORT THE SPARE EYEGLASSES FELL ON THE FLOOR NEXT TO THE RIGHT-SEAT-RUDDER PEDALS. HE BECAME PREOCCUPIED WITH RETRIEVING THE EYEGLASSES AND AS A RESULT THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN TO THE LEFT OF THE RWY CENTERLINE AT AN EXCESSIVE SPEED. AFTERWARDS THE ACFT FLOATED IN THE AIR AND DRIFTED LEFT. THE L WING HIT SMALL TREES THAT WERE 10 TO 15 FT LEFT OF THE RWY. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND AS A RESULT THE ACFT WENT OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY. EXAMINATION OF THE ACCIDENT SITE REVEALED THE LANDING GEAR WAS ON THE RWY WHEN THE WING HIT THE TREES.

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:

DIVERTED ATTENTION..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

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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