NTSB Identification: LAX86FVG06.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31737.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 24, 1986 in YUBA CITY, CA
Aircraft: AMATEUR BUILT BARNETT J3, registration: N504P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 LANDING ACCIDENT OCCURRED AFTER THE PILOT HAD MADE HIGH SPEED TAXI TESTS ALONG THE RUNWAY WITH THREE LIFTOFFS. AFTER THE THIRD LIFTOFF, THE PILOT SAID THAT HE FOUND HIMSELF TOO HIGH. HE STATED THAT HE REDUCED POWER AND PUSHED FORWARD ON THE CONTROL STICK. THE AIRCRAFT CONTACTED THE GROUND ON THE NOSE WHEEL, WHICH COLLAPSED AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER. ALTHOUGH THE PILOT HELD A PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE WITH AN AIRPLANE SINGLE-ENGINE LAND RATING, THIS WAS HIS FIRST FLIGHT IN A GYROPLANE.

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

ROTATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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