NTSB Identification: LAX86LA353.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32666.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 16, 1986 in VAN NUYS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N4945H
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 PLT & PASSENGER, EACH WEIGHING 185 POUNDS, PLANNED A LOCAL FLIGHT IN THE RENTED CESSNA 152. THE ACFT'S FUEL TANKS WERE FULL. THE PLT REPORTED THAT DURING HIS PRETAKEOFF ENGINE RUN UP NO MECHANICAL DIFFICULTIES/MALFUNCTIONS WERE OBSERVED. THE PLT ALSO REPORTED THAT THE ACFT'S ACELERATION DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL WAS SLOW & THE ACFT FELT 'LAZY' DURING CLIMB. WHEN THE ACFT FAILED TO GAIN ALTITUDE & IT APPEARED ADDITIONAL LIFT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO CLEAR OBSTACLES, THE PLT LOWERED THE FLAPS 10 DEG. THE ACFT STALLED, CONTROL WAS LOST, & THE ACFT CAME TO REST IN A RESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOL. EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE PLT HAD TAKEN OFF WITH THE IGNITION KEY SET TO THE LEFT MAGNETO POSITION. ALSO, AT DEPARTURE THE ACFT'S MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT HAD BEEN EXCEEDED BY ABOUT 15 LBS.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..SWITCHED OFF


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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