NTSB Identification: LAX87LA249.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33827.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 28, 1987 in AUBERRY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/02/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2856H
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 AN APPROACH INTO A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP, THE STUDENT PILOT TOUCHED-DOWN, THEN DECIDED THAT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH STOPPING DISTANCE AND ELECTED TO GO-AROUND. ON THE INITIAL CLIMB-OUT THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK AN OBJECT THAT MADE THE AIRCRAFT YAW RIGHT THEN LEFT. THE PILOT NEVER SAW WHAT THE AIRCRAFT HIT. AT CRUISE ALT THE PILOT CHECKED THE FLIGHT CONTROLS WHICH APPEARED TO BE OK. THE PILOT CONTINUED THE FLIGHT BACK TO HIS ORIGINAL DEPARTURE POINT WHERE, AFTER LANDING, THE DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED THE PILOT STATED THAT HE THOUGHT THE AIRSTRIP HE HAD PLANNED TO LAND AT WAS 3800 FEET LONG. THE AIRSTRIP, IN FACT, IS 2000 FEET LONG.

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


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IMPROPER TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


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ABORTED LANDING..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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