NTSB Identification: LAX86FUG06.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32586.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 30, 1986 in THERMAL, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 188, registration: N70240
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 PLT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE ACFT DURING HIS 4TH TAKEOFF FROM THE RUTTED RWY SURFACE. THE TAIL WHEEL SLIPPED INTO A RUT ON THE RWY AND THE ACFT VEERED TO THE RIGHT WHERE IT CONTACTED 8-10 FT TALL BRUSH. THE ACFT TRAVELED THROUGH THE BRUSH, CONTACTED AN EMBANKMENT AND NOSED DOWN.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..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..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND

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