NTSB Identification: LAX87LA305.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35775.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 15, 1987 in COVELO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N98782
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 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 RPRTD THAT WHEN SHE WAS LANDING, THE ACFT BALLOONED, ENTERED A PORPOISE & DRIFTED TO THE LEFT OF THE RWY. SHE APPLIED POWER TO 'FLY OUT OF THE SITUATION,' BUT THE ACFT PITCHED UP. THE RIGHT SEAT OCCUPANT (PAX) PULLED THE CONTROL YOKE BACK & SIMULTANEOUSLY RETRACTED THE FLAPS AS THE PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TO GO-AROUND. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT STRUCK A METAL POLE & CAME TO REST WITH SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. LATER, THE PLT LEARNED THAT THE ACFT ENCTRD A DUST DEVIL DURING THE LANDING. THE PAX IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT HAD A PVT PLT CERTIFICATE, BUT SAID SHE HAD NOT FLOWN AN ACFT IN 'MANY YEARS.'

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

PORPOISE/PILOT-INDUCED OSCILLATION..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CONTROL INTERFERENCE..PERFORMED..PILOT PASSENGER

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

RAISING OF FLAPS..PERFORMED..PILOT PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..POLE


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