NTSB Identification: MKC86LA173.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33063.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 24, 1986 in BERTRAND, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N5376F
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.

THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS ON AN UNSUPERVISED LOCAL SOLO FLIGHT WHEN HE DECIDED TO LAND AT A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP. AS HE HAD DRIVEN HIS AUTOMOBILE ON THIS RUNWAY FOUR DAYS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT AND HAD FOUND THE LANDING SURFACE CLEAR HE ASSUMED THAT THE RUNWAY WOULD BE CLEAR ON THIS DAY, THE PILOT FURTHER STATED. AS SUCH, ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, HE DID NOT PAY ATTENTION TO RUNWAY SURFACE HAZARDS DURING THE TRAFFIC PATTERN APPROACH AND SUBSEQUENT LANDING, BUT CONCENTRATED INSTEAD ON POWER LINES AND OTHER RUNWAY ENVIRONMENT. DURING THE LANDING ROLL THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK AN IRRIGATION PIPE THAT WAS PLACED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER ACROSS THE RUNWAY THE NIGHT BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE CALCULATIONS REVEAL THAT A HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE CONDITION EXISTED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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:

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED LANDING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

CONDITION(S)/STEP(S) INSUFFICIENTLY DEFINED..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

RUNWAY MAINTENANCE..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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