NTSB Identification: FTW86LA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31557.
Accident occurred Friday, June 13, 1986 in ODESSA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N34889
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PAX, THE PLT HAD BEEN DRINKING PRIOR TO THE FLT. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PLT DECIDED THAT PERHAPS HE WAS NOT IN ANY CONDITION TO FLY, SO HE ELECTED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT & LAND. RPRTDLY, HIS SEAT BELT HAD GOTTEN CAUGHT IN THE DOOR, & ON FINAL APCH, THE DOOR OPENED. THIS DISTRACTED THE PLT, & SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN SHORT OF THE RWY, THEN SKIDDED 255 FT BEFORE STOPPING. THE PLT'S SEAT BELT WAS NOT FASTENED. HE WAS THROWN OUT OF THE ACFT & WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE PAX'S SEAT BELT WAS FASTENED & SHE RECEIVED ONLY MINOR INJURIES. A TOXICOLOGY CHECK SHOWED THAT THE PLT HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.29%.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT..NOT USED


Contributing Factors

DOOR,EXTERIOR CREW..NOT ENGAGED



Contributing Factors

DOOR,EXTERIOR CREW..OPEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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