NTSB Identification: LAX85LA164.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28192.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 03, 1985 in HEALDSBURG, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N8468R
Injuries: 2 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.

A PVT PLT & AN INSTRUCTOR PLT (CFI) WERE ON A BFR INSTRUCTIONAL FLT. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS FLT, THE PVT PLT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE PIC. THE CFI REPORTED THAT WHEN THE ACFT WAS AT 3500 FT AGL, HE RETARDED THE THROTTLE TO SIMULATE AN ENG FAILURE. THE PVT PLT ESTABLISHED THE ACFT IN A PATTERN TO THE ARPT. AFTER CROSSING OVER THE ARPT AT ABOUT 1200 FT AGL, HE MANEUVERED TO LAND ON RWY 31. HOWEVER, ON FINAL APCH, THE ACFT ENTERED A RAPID SINK RATE & SUBSEQUENTLY HIT A FENCE BEFORE REACHING THE RWY. THE FLAPS WERE RETRACTED AT THE TIME OF IMPACT.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..CHECK PILOT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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