NTSB Identification: LAX87LA336.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34621.
Accident occurred Monday, September 14, 1987 in BYRON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N999BA
Injuries: 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.

WITH THE WIND OUT OF THE SOUTHWEST AT 8 TO 10 KNOTS, THE PLT WAS TAXIING THE ACFT IN A NORTHERLY DIRECTION AT A HIGH ENOUGH SPEED TO KEEP 'ON THE STEP'. WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO TURN THE ACFT TO A SOUTHWESTERLY HEADING FOR TKOF, THE ACFT FAILED TO RESPOND. RATHER THAN ABORT THE TKOF, HE CONTINUED STRAIGHT AHEAD, JUDGING THAT HE HAD SUFFICIENT ROOM TO TKOF IN THAT DIRECTION. AT 38 TO 40 KNOTS, WHILE APPROACHING A LEVEE, HE PULLED THE ACFT OFF THE WATER. THE RIGHT FLOAT GRAZED THE TOP OF THE LEVEE, CAUSING THE ACFT TO VEER TO THE RIGHT FOLLOWED BY THE RIGHT WING COLLIDING WITH A TELEPHONE POLE.

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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