NTSB Identification: LAX85LA140.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27743.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 13, 1985 in UKIAH, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N2180Q
Injuries: 3 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.
ON A DARK NIGHT, THE PLT FAILED TO OBSERVE THAT THE TAXIWAY (ON WHICH HE WAS TAXIING) MADE A 90 DEG TURN TO CONNECT WITH THE BEGINNING OF THE RWY. WHERE THE TAXIWAY TURNED, THE ACFT CONTINUED STRAIGHT AHEAD & WENT INTO A 3 FT DEEP DITCH. THERE WERE NO TAXIWAY EDGE MARKINGS & THE CENTERLINE STRIPE WAS NOT OF A REFLECTIVE TYPE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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