NTSB Identification: CHI87LA208.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34546.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 08, 1987 in JERSEYVILLE, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172PC, registration: N5343K
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PILOT AND ONE PASSENGER WERE RETURNING FROM A LOCAL FLIGHT. IT HAD BECOME DARK DURING THEIR FLIGHT AND AS THE PILOT WAS APPROACHING TO LAND ON RUNWAY 36 THE LANDING GEAR OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A DRAINAGE DITCH APPROXIMATELY 2-3 FEET SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT THEN SLID APPROXIMATELY 6-10 FEET BEFORE STOPPING. PILOT'S FIRST NIGHT FLIGHT AS PILOT-IN-COMMAND.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WHEELS UP LANDING..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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