NTSB Identification: LAX86FA240.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32721.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 04, 1986 in FULLERTON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N35252
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT TOOK OFF ON A FLT TO PROVIDE TRAFFIC REPORTS TO A LOCAL BROADCASTING STATION. WITNESSES RPRTD THAT SHORTLY AFTERTAKEOFF, THE ENG BEGAN TO MISFIRE. THE ACFT ENTERED A STEEP LEFT BANK ANGLE, THEN PLUMMETED TOWARD THE GND. WHILE STILL IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE, IT CRASHED INTO A TRACTOR-TRAILER RIG & BURNED. AN EXAM OF THE AIRFRAME & ENG DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT PART MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE; HOWEVER, THE ENG ACCESSORIES WERE DESTROYED BY IMPACT & FIRE. AN EXAM OF THE PROPELLER REVEALED EVIDENCE THAT IT WAS TURNING WITH SOME POWER BEING DEVELOPED AT IMPACT. TOXICOLOGY CHECKS OF THE PLT'S BLOOD & BRAIN TISSUE SHOWED ALCOHOL LVLS OF 0.04% & 0.05%, RESPECTIVELY.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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