NTSB Identification: LAX85LA255.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28627.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 12, 1985 in MORGAN HILL, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2456L
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.

ON A PERSONAL FLT, THE PLT & PAX FLEW TO AN UNCHARTED, DIRT AIRSTRIP LOCATED IN A STATE PARK. THE PLT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT ON APCH THE ACFT WAS HIGH AND FAST. AFTER INITIALLY TOUCHING DOWN, THE PLT STATED THAT HE TRIED TO GO-AROUND. A PARK RANGER REPORTED THAT AT ABOUT THE MIDFIELD LOCATION THE ACFT VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY, TRAVELED FOR 342 FT THROUGH A GRASSY FLD, BECAME AIRBORNE FOR 300 FT, AND COLLIDED WITH ADDITIONAL BUSHES COMING TO REST AT THE BOTTOM OF A 30 FT DEEP RAVINE.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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