NTSB Identification: LAX85FA229.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29246.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 27, 1985 in TRACY, CA
Aircraft: GREER SIDEWINDER "S", registration: N9008X
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 ACFT CRASHED SHORT OF RWY 25 AT TRACY, CA, WHILE ON A NIGHT APCH FOR LANDING. A GROUND WITNESS OBSERVED THE ACFTS LIGHTS DESCENDING STRAIGHT DOWN INTO A GRAVEL PIT. THE ACFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A 20 DEG NOSE DOWN, 15 DEG LEFT ROLL ATTITUDE. THE RWY LIGHTS ARE ACTIVATED BY THE RADIO TRANSMITTER BEING KEYED ON FREQUENCY 122.8 MHZ. THE LIGHTS WILL STAY ILLUMINATED FOR 15 MINUTES AFTER ACTIVATION. THIS FREQUENCY WAS NOT DISPLAYED ON THE ACFTS RADIO PANEL.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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