NTSB Identification: LAX87LA308.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36566.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 19, 1987 in EHRENBERG, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-16, registration: N5753H
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.

WHILE ON A X-COUNTRY FLT, THE STUDENT PLT ELECTED TO LAND ON A ROAD APRX 12 MI SHORT OF HIS DESTN TO 'CHECK ON A JOB.' HE SAID HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE ROAD & DECIDED TO MAKE A STRAIGHT-IN APCH W/O FIRST FLYING OVER IT TO LOOK FOR OBSTRUCTIONS. AFTER MAKING AN UNEVENTFUL LANDING, THE STUDENT SAW A ROAD SIGN AHEAD; HOWEVER, HE WAS UNABLE TO STOP BEFORE THE LEFT WING TIP HIT THE SIGN. THE ACFT THEN VEERED TO THE LEFT & HIT A PILE OF BROKEN CONCRETE.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..SIGN

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