NTSB Identification: LAX86LA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32008.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 25, 1986 in LAKEPORT, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N4863F
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.

WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THEY OBSERVED THE PLT MAKE 2 APPROACHES AND LANDINGS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. ON THE LANDING JUST BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, THEY OBSERVED AN 'EXTREMELY HARD LANDING ON THE NOSE GEAR.' THEY REPORTED THAT THE PLT THEN TAXIED BACK TO TAKEOFF WITHOUT STOPPING TO EXAMINE THE ACFT. ON THE NEXT LANDING, JUST AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE NOSE GEAR 'STARTED TO SHIMMY.' THE ACFT THEN VEERED OFF THE RUNWAY & ENCOUNTERED A DITCH.

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

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH



Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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