NTSB Identification: LAX86FA297.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33453.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 20, 1986 in CORONA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N83380
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 PILOT STATED TO FIRE PERSONNEL THAT AS HE APPROACHED TOUCHDOWN, THE SUN GOT IN HIS EYES AND A CROSS WIND PUSHED HIM OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS PRIVATE AIRSTRIP. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD ON THE RIGHT WHEEL, VEERED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, CARTWHEELED DOWN THE SIDE OF A HILL AND CAUGHT FIRE AFTER COMING TO REST. THE AIRSTRIP IS ON TOP OF A RIDGE WITH 30 DEG SLOPES AT THE EDGES OF THE RWY. AS CALCULATED, THE SUN WAS 5 DEG ABOVE THE HORIZON AND ABOUT 21 DEG RIGHT OF HIS CENTER VISION REFERENCE POINT. FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL SAID THE WINDS WERE ABOUT 45 DEGREES LEFT OF THE RUNWAY HEADING AT ABOUT 17 KTS WITH PEAK GUSTS OF 30 KTS. THE FACTORY FLIGHT TESTED MAXIMUM DEMONSTRATED CROSS WIND CAPABILITY OF THE AIRCRAFT IS 13 KTS. THE PRIVATE AIRSTRIP HAS NO WIND DIRECTION OR SPEED INDICATORS ON THE FACILITY.

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,LANDING CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,WIND DIRECTION INDICATOR..UNAVAILABLE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WIND INFORMATION..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE

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