NTSB Identification: LAX88LA029.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34559.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 31, 1987 in LAVEEN, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A, registration: N3804D
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.
THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS FERRYING HIS AIRCRAFT THREE MILES TO A PRIVATE STRIP. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE BEGAN LOSING POWER. THE PILOT DID NOT THINK HE COULD MAKE IT TO THE PRIVATE STRIP SO HE ATTEMPTED A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A DIRT ROAD. HE STATED HE WAS CONCENTRATING SO HARD ON THE DIRT ROAD THAT HE DID NOT SEE A SAGUARO CACTUS BESIDE THE ROAD. THE LEFT WING OF THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE CACTUS. THERE WAS LIGHT RAINFALL AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THERE WERE NO REPORTED MECHANICAL PROBLEMS PRIOR TO THIS FLIGHT. THE PILOT REPORTED USE OF FULL CARBURETOR HEAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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