NTSB Identification: LAX85LA312.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29816.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 06, 1985 in SALINE VALLEY, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N29461
Injuries: 1 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.
DURING A PLEASURE FLIGHT THE PLT OBSERVED A SLIGHT LT ENG FUEL PRESSURE FLUCTUATION. PREVIOUSLY, A SIMILAR FLUCTUATION TO THE RT ENG REVEALED THE PRESENCE OF A LEAKING FUEL LINE. FEARING FIRE BECAUSE OF A SUSPECTED FUEL LEAK TO THE LT ENG, THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AT THE FIRST OBSERVED 'SUITABLE' LOCATION. ON SHORT FINAL APCH TO AN UNCHARTED, DIRT, 1300-FT-LONG AIRSTRIP, GUSTY WINDS WERE ENCOUNTERED. THE ACFT DROPPED, TOUCHED DOWN HARD AND BOTH MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD
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